Tagged with Takashi Miike

“A Japanese Cousin To The Giallo Movie: Nicolas Pesce On Piercing”

“A Japanese Cousin To The Giallo Movie: Nicolas Pesce On Piercing”


Not “gelato.” “Giallo.” You know, that most famous of Italian sub-genres where a killer goes around killing people? Nicolas Pesce’s new movie, “Piercing,” is all about the giallo. And apparently a bunch of other genres, too. Continue reading

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Ichi the Killer Doesn’t Need Your 4K

Ichi the Killer Doesn’t Need Your 4K


And now, for the second time this year, I’ll link to that old piece I wrote about Ichi the Killer back when this blog was in its fledgling days (and literally everything I wrote, I wrote on these pages, as opposed to what I do now).  There’s a reason for the re-link: Ichi the Killer is back … Continue reading

Review: 13 Assassins, 2011, dir. Takashi Miike

Review: 13 Assassins, 2011, dir. Takashi Miike


13 Assassins falls into a category of films woefully burdened by an inescapable family resemblance that dogs their existence on one level or another. In the case of the latest offering from Japanese shock filmmaker, Takashi Miike, anyone who’s heard of Kurosawa can trace the film’s lineage back to 1954, the release year of the … Continue reading

Movies That Matter: Ichi the Killer

Movies That Matter: Ichi the Killer


I never said that this series would be pretty, did I? I’m sure that someone out there is questioning what kind of person I must be for a movie like Ichi the Killer to be a defining and important part of my growth as a cineaste, which, I suppose, is fair enough to ask even … Continue reading

Sukiyaki Western Django, 2007, dir. Takashi Miike


Japan’s most recognizable modern symbol of cinematic controversy, Takashi Miike, is a hard man to nail down. Since 1991, he has directed a staggering number of films (totaling in the 70’s at this point), and while there are common threads between most of his movies*, one would be hard-pressed to successfully argue that he sticks … Continue reading