films seen
16
average score
3.06*
nationality
Japan - 73 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The man who managed to make pinku films classy. By mixing in crime elements and making sure his films rose above their budgetary limitations, Ishii built up an oeuvre that knows few lows and aptly distinguishes itself from its peers.

The good stuff

Flower and Snake poster

Flower and Snake

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Hana to Hebi
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 115 mins
Genre
Thriller
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4.0

Solid pieces

Gonin Saga poster

Gonin Saga

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Gonin Sâga
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 129 mins
Genre
Action
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3.5
Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend poster

Hello, My Dolly Girlfriend

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Figyua na Anata
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 112 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Thriller
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3.5
Sweet Whip poster

Sweet Whip

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Amai Muchi
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 118 mins
Genre
Mystery
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3.5
Flower and Snake 2: Paris/Shizuko poster

Flower and Snake 2: Paris/Shizuko

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Hana to Hebi 2: Pari/Shizuko
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.5

Sequel to Ishii's earlier reboot. If you're familiar with Ishii (or the other films in the series), you'll know what to expect. Rather raunchy and risky material, but delivered with style. The film looks nice, the actors are solid and it's appropriately dark and moody. Some scenes go on too long, but apart from that pretty interesting.

Gonin poster

Gonin

by Takashi Ishii
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 109 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
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3.5
A Night in Nude poster

A Night in Nude

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Nûdo no Yoru
Specifics
Japan [1993] - 110 mins
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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3.5

A dark and stylish thriller that is surprisingly low on erotic elements, despite its title and the director's reputation. Takenaka is an excellent lead, the dark and neon-lit interiors add to the atmosphere and the story is a little strange, but entertaining. This early Ishii is worth seeking out, unless you prefer his sleazier output.

The inoffensive

The Brutal Hopelessness of Love poster

The Brutal Hopelessness of Love

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Hito ga Hito o Ai Suru Koto no Doshiyo mo Nasa
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 117 mins
Genre
Drama
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3.0

Takashi Ishii doing his version of Perfect Blue. It's very direct, way more twisted and quite a bit darker, but that's to be expected. Ishii does a good job elevating what is basically a pretty sleazy and perverted film, but the first hour is a little tough and his experiments with digital aren't always successful. Still worth a try.

Black Angel Vol. 2 poster

Black Angel Vol. 2

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Kuro no Tenshi Vol. 2
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 105 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
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3.0
Black Angel Vol. 1 poster

Black Angel Vol. 1

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Kuro no Tenshi Vol. 1
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 107 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
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3.0
Alone in the Night poster

Alone in the Night

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Yoru ga Mata Kuru
Specifics
Japan [1994] - 108 mins
Genre
Crime, Thriller
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3.0

Typical 90s Takashi Ishii film. With its roots firmly in the pinku genre, Ishii adds plenty of crime elements and gives the whole a nice polish. The cinematography is remarkable, the plot is interesting enough and the drama has actual impact. It's far from a masterpiece, but very entertaining and much better than you'd expect a film like this to be.

Original Sin poster

Original Sin

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Shinde Mo Ii
Specifics
Japan [1992] - 117 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance
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3.0

Early Takashi Ishii. Not quite as edgy as his later work, instead it feels more like general repetition for his own Gonin. A young Masatoshi Nagase steals the show, Ishii himself adds to the fun with some well-directed scenes. Pacing and styling could use some work, but overall it's a fine film.

Orchids Under the Moon poster

Orchids Under the Moon

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Gekka no Ran
Specifics
Japan [1991] - 88 mins
Genre
Crime, Thriller
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3.0

Solid, straight-forward crime flick by Takashi Ishii. Ishii keeps his trademark pinku influences to a minimum and goes for a more direct revenge flick. There are some decent performances and a few tense moments, but it's the moody soundtrack that sets this film apart from its peers. Simple genre film, well executed.

Worthy but flawed

Freezer poster

Freezer

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Furîzu Mî
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 101 mins
Genre
Romance, Thriller
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2.5

Dubious filler

Angel Guts: Red Dizziness poster

Angel Guts: Red Dizziness

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Tenshi no Harawata: Akai Memai
Specifics
Japan [1988] - 74 mins
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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2.0

Plain forgettable

Angel Guts 6: Red Flash poster

Angel Guts 6: Red Flash

by Takashi Ishii
Also know as
Tenshi no Harawata: Akai Senkô
Specifics
Japan [1994] - 87 mins
Genre
Drama, Thriller
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