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Film Review And Q&A: ‘Blade of the Immortal’ (無限の住人- Mugen no Jūnin) Takashi Miike

October 13, 2017 1 comment

Fights involving different types of weaponry leave nothing to the imagination!

Blade of the Immortal posterFilmed in Kyōto and based on the manga series of the same name by Hiroaki Samura ‘Blade of the Immortal’ is Takashi Miike’s 100th film, his previous films in the jidaigeki genre include ‘13 Assassins’ and ‘Hara-kiri; Death of a Samurai’. The film follows Manji (Takuya Kimura) who after witnessing his sister die and lying on the battlefield near death is made immortal by a strange nun called Yaobikuni (Yoko Yamamoto) who infects him with a Buddhist Lama’s ‘sacred bloodworms’ (kessen-chu) which help his body to regenerate after Read more…

JAPAN CUTS: Festival Of New Japanese Film Announces Full Slate Of NY Premieres

July 9-19, 2015 at Japan Society

JAPAN CUTS logoExpanded 9th Edition Boasts Nearly 30 Features, Dozens of Shorts,

Classic Restorations and Most Special Guests Ever!

New York, NY – North America’s largest festival of Japanese Read more…

Blu-ray Review: Yatterman – A Film By Takashi Miike

August 4, 2012 1 comment

A live-action adaptation of the classic wacky 1970s anime!

With Yatterman, director Takashi Miike does a Robert Rodriguez and moves from action/thriller to high-energy kids adventure… sort of. Yatterman (2009) is a live-action adaptation of an anime with the same name from 1977-79 (the second instalment of Tatsunoko Productions’ ‘Time Bokan’ series). The film apes the series’ weekly format by presenting the plot as just one week’s adventure. Takashi Miike drops us slap bang in the middle of the Yatterman universe with no guide, and no explanations. A brave move when considering the international audience for this film, most of whom Read more…

DVD Review: The Great Yokai War (Yokai Daisenso) – A Film By Takashi Miike

July 12, 2012 5 comments

A journey from childhood to adulthood and the loss of innocence!

Adapted by Hiroshi Aramata from his serialised novels ‘Teito Monogatari’ (Tales of the Imperial Capital) The Great Yōkai War revolves around the struggles of the adolescent Tadashi Ino and his companion Yōkai against the human become immortal demon Yasunari Katō who is ultimately intent on destroying Tōkyō.

After his parents divorced adolescent Tadashi Ino and his mother Yōko moved to a small town and are living in in his grandfather’s house. During a festival at a local Shinto shrine where he is being baited by the Read more…

DVD Review: Crows Zero II – A Sequel By Takashi Miike

July 9, 2012 2 comments

A very different beast from its predecessor!

Takashi Miike returns to the Suzuran High School for Boys for a second slice of all-action fighting in this sequel to his 2007 hit Crows Zero. Having fought their way to the top of the tree in the first film, Genji (Shun Oguri) and his GPS alliance struggle to hold the school together in the face of an all-out attack by the students of the Hosen Academy, the ‘Army of Killers’. There is a long-lived hatred between the two schools, but also an uneasy truce.  However, in his desire to rule Suzuran completely, Genji mistakenly breaks the truce and has to prepare for all-out war between the two schools.  Meanwhile, Read more…