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Japan - 62 years old
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One of Japan's most consistently funny directors. Miki has a knack for dry, goofy, off-kilter comedy that values surprise and wonder over sense and coherence while making sure there's always enough cinematic prowess on display.


Convenience Story

Konbiniensu Sutori
2022 / 97m - Japan
Fantasy, Mystery
Convenience Story poster

Mr. Schilling was nice enough to answer some questions about his involvement in the production of the film, so if you want to take a peek behind the curtains of Miki's latest, do read on.

What to Do with the Dead Kaiju?

Dai Kaijû no Ato Shimatsu
2022 / 115m - Japan
Comedy, Fantasy
What to Do with the Dead Kaiju? poster

Miki returns with a lovely Kaiju parody. Instead of people having to battle one or more huge monsters, they're now trying to get rid of their remains. It's an outrageous premise with a relatively deadpan execution, structured and performed as if it was a real Kaiju flick. It's probably a bit too "complex" to be a broad success, even though Miki clearly had a sizeable budget and A-list cast at his disposal. For those familiar with the tropes of the genre though, there's plenty to love. Great performances, strong cinematography, smart jokes, and sly references make the latest Miki a joy to behold. if you're not up to snuff with the trademark Kaiju clichés, it might be a very different story.

Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers

Kame wa Igai to Hayaku Oyogu
2005 / 90m - Japan
Turtles Are Surprisingly Fast Swimmers poster

It's a fun, quirky and silly film that slowly grows on you and leaves you behind with a warm smile.

Adrift in Tokyo

2007 / 101m - Japan
Comedy, Drama
Adrift in Tokyo poster

Adrift In Tokyo is a rather lovely film. It knows how to blend comedy and drama into a perfect mix of blanket-like warmth, covering the viewer with a world he'd somehow like to inhabit.

Instant Swamp

Insutanto Numa
2009 / 119m - Japan
Instant Swamp poster

He falls back to his regular weirdness and dry, absurd comedy. It all leads up to a rewarding ending, leaving you with a fuzzy feeling and a sense of chill bliss.

In the Pool

In Za Puru
2005 / 101m - Japan
In the Pool poster

Satoshi Miki is one of Japan's greatest comedy directors. His weird, absurd and sometimes deadpan sense of humor is generously present, but it's Suzuki Matsuo who makes the biggest impression here. A stellar and memorable performance that draws a lot of laughs.

The Insects Unlisted in the Encyclopedia

Zukan ni Nottenai Mushi
2007 / 103m - Japan
The Insects Unlisted in the Encyclopedia poster

Miki has a very peculiar sense of humor. The jokes can be pretty absurd and out there, but the delivery is always deadpan.

The Loafers

2006 / 98m - Japan
The Loafers poster

Miki has a unique, dead pan sense of humor that pushes the film forward. I can only hope he continues to make films in the same vein as his work doesn't really compare to anything else out there.

LOUDER! Can't Hear What You're Singin', Wimp!

Onryô wo Agero Tako Nani Utattennnoka Zenzen Wakannendayo
2018 / 106m - Japan
LOUDER! Can't Hear What You're Singin', Wimp! poster

After a long hiatus, Miki returns with a new film. The music-based plot isn't all that great, but a superb cast and some typical Miki weirdness elevate the film to prime entertainment. It isn't very subtle and maybe not as deadpan as his earlier work, but it's nice to see Miki is still getting some work done, and he clearly hasn't run out of good ideas.

It's Me, It's Me

Ore Ore
2013 / 119m - Japan
It's Me, It's Me poster