Some Takashi Miike news

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Here's some of the latest news on cult director Takashi Miike and a few of his new films.

Miike flies high at Japan B.O. with "Crows"

Cult auteur Takashi Miike, whose filmography is approaching 80 pics, has had his biggest hit yet with gangbanger epic "Crows." Based on a long-running comic by Hiroshi Takahashi and produced by a consortium led by the TBS network, "Crows" is about gang wars at a boys' high school. Stars include hot male talents Shun Oguri, Kyosuke Yabe and Takayuki Yamada. TBS is bringing the pic to AFM.
Looks like some classic Miike and a fun time at the movies.

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Takashi Miike Makes Controversy with SUKIAYAKI WESTERN DJANGO

Takashi Miike is known for making waves with his films, mostly due to his sexually graphic and body fluid-injected scenes. But this isn’t the case with SUKIAYAKI WESTERN DJANGO. The film is about a gunman hired by townsfolk to help with rival gang fights during the Genpei Wars of the 1100s. The plot sounds nothing out of the ordinary, but it was the poster that caused quite a stir. The Association of Shinto Shrines is protesting the DJANGO promotional materials claiming they are a violation of a sacred symbol.

At the same time Miike is also getting questions about his use of the actors speaking non-fluent English in his movie - but does it really matter? And remember - Miike grew up watching spaghetti westerns.

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