films seen
83
average score
3.43*
nationality
Japan - 59 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Japan's ultimate bad boy. Takashi Miike doesn't restrict himself to genres, budgets, or audiences and loves to think outside of box. An essential figure in the rise of Asian cinema that characterized the early 00s, but still going strong to this very day.

Beyond exceptional

Big Bang Love, Juvenile A

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
46-Okunen no Koi
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 85 mins
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
More info on
rating
5.0*/5.0*
toplist position
Big Bang Love, Juvenile A poster

If you want a more experimental and serious side of Miike, this film comes recommended. The film has its share of weird moments, but all the weirdness does seem to serve a higher, more artistic goal.

Visitor Q

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Bizita Q
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 84 mins
Genre
Comedy
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rating
5.0*/5.0*
toplist position
Visitor Q poster

You do have to be open to Miike's disturbing sense of humor and forgiving for its technical flaws, but once that is covered Visitor Q is one of the most hilariously funny films out there.

Rare treats

Yakuza Apocalypse

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Gokudo Daisenso
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 125 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime
More info on
rating
4.5*/5.0*
toplist position
Yakuza Apocalypse poster

Yakuza Apocalypse is the kind of Miike I adore. The film looks good, sounds good, is stacked with crazy ideas and even weirder characters and dares to cross the line of common sense more than once.

Izo

by Takashi Miike
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 128 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Action
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
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Izo poster

Needless to say, this turns Izo into a pretty tough experience. As the minutes pass and the bodies pile up, the film starts to weigh on its audience.

Gozu

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Gokudo Kyofu Dai-gekijo: Gozu
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 130 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime
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rating
4.5*/5.0*
toplist position
Gozu poster

Don't expect a typical horror/mystery flick (despite many claims of Lynch-like scenes), Gozu is a superb comedy meant for people who like their slice of cinema a little different.

The Mole Song

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Mogura no Uta
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 130 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime
More info on
rating
4.5*/5.0*
toplist position
The Mole Song poster

There's enough madness here to fill 3 or 4 separate films.

Ninja Kids!!!

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Nintama Rantaro
Specifics
Japan [2011] - 99 mins
Genre
Comedy, Action
More info on
rating
4.5*/5.0*
toplist position
Ninja Kids!!! poster

Ninja Kids!!! is the perfect example of demented Japanese kids entertainment that's weird enough to appeal to adults, at least those with some memories of their lost childhood.

The Great Yokai War

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Yokai Daisenso
Specifics
Japan [2005] - 124 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Action
More info on
rating
4.5*/5.0*
toplist position
The Great Yokai War poster

The Great Yokai War was Miike's first venture into big budget cinema aimed at a younger audience.

The good stuff

As the Gods Will

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kamisama no Iu Tori
Specifics
Japan [2014] - 117 mins
Genre
Mystery
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
As the Gods Will poster

As the Gods Will is a typical Miike flick in the sense that it's pretty much pointless to compare it to other films out there.

The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Mogura No Uta: Hong Kong Kyoso-Kyoku
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 128 mins
Genre
Comedy, Action
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio poster

Starts where the first one left off. More crazy Miike antics wrapped up as a Yakuza comedy. It's not his most insane work, but there's some seriously random stuff in there that's sure to turn some heads. Extremely entertaining from start to finish, might as well make it into a full-blown trilogy.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
JoJo no Kimyo na Boken: Daiyamondo wa Kudakenai - Dai-issho
Specifics
Japan [2017] - 120 mins
Genre
Fantasy, Action
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable poster

Miike adaptation of the famous manga/anime franchise. For a Miike film pretty slick and commercial, for a commercial film pretty outragous and out there. JoJo is a fun, creative and original superhero film, the kind that Marvel and DC seem incapable of making.

Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Zeburaman: Zebura Shiti no Gyakushu
Specifics
Japan [2010] - 106 mins
Genre
Action
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City poster

Zebraman 2 is not all that easy to recommend. Depending on what you expect or demand from a sequel, it's either a missed opportunity or a definite improvement over the first film.

Dead or Alive 2: Birds

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Dead or Alive 2: Tobosha
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 97 mins
Genre
Drama, Crime
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
Dead or Alive 2: Birds poster

Dead or Alive 2: Birds is an important step in Miike's progression as a director. It's a well-rounded film, one that works as a drama as well as a crime flick.

The Happiness of The Katakuris

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Katakuri-ke no Kôfuku
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 113 mins
Genre
Comedy, Musical
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
The Happiness of The Katakuris poster

Miike does musical meets comedy meets claymation, it's no surprise then that the result is extremely amusing. While in fact a remake of a South-Korean film, Miike's style is so unique that it's hardly worth comparing both films. It's not one of Miike's finest films, but definitely worth seeking out when you're in the mood for something different.

For Love's Sake

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Ai to Makoto
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 133 mins
Genre
Action, Musical
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
For Love's Sake poster

That said, there is still plenty to enjoy here. It seems that with each new film Miike raises the bar on production level. For Love's Sake looks absolutely stunning, from start to finish.

Crows Zero

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kurozu Zero
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 130 mins
Genre
Action
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
Crows Zero poster

The film never slacks and even gives the viewer a nice look into the whole gang structure in between the fights, making it a little more than just another butt-kicking action flick.

Sukiyaki Western Django

by Takashi Miike
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 121 mins
Genre
Western
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
Sukiyaki Western Django poster

The mash-up between samurai and western universes isn't exactly new, but leave it to Miike to turn it into something completely unique. Apart from the Japanese actors struggling with the English dialogue and a less than stellar cameo from Tarantino, this a vintage Miike ride that delights from start to finish.

The City of Lost Souls

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Hyoryuu-Gai
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 103 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
The City of Lost Souls poster

It doesn't ruin a film like The City of Lost Souls, but it does take away part of the appeal. There's still plenty of fun to be had with this film though.

Ace Attorney

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Gyakuten Saiban
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 135 mins
Genre
Comedy, Mystery
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
Ace Attorney poster

Ace Attorney is a Miike blockbuster. The weirdness is kept to a minimum, but the entertainment value is high and the film definitely has its moments of brilliance.

Crows Zero II

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kurozu Zero II
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 133 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
toplist position
Crows Zero II poster

Crows Zero II will probably appeal to the people who liked the first film and can bear a second, almost identical, serving.

Like a Dragon

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Ryu ga Gotoku: Gekijo-Ban
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 110 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
Like a Dragon poster

A lesser known Miike, but that doesn't mean it's less fun. One of his last Yakuza-themed films, but don't expect anything too serious. The film is loosely based on the Yakuza game franchise and is a hoot from start to finish. Action, crime, comedy, a few typical Miike moments. Not his best work, but still worth a look.

Sun Scarred

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Taiyo no Kizu
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 117 mins
Genre
Thriller
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
Sun Scarred poster

Part drama, part subdued revenge, which a big finger pointing at the passive attitude of many instances and people in this film, the film impresses until the very end.

Dead or Alive: Final

by Takashi Miike
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 89 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
Dead or Alive: Final poster

A great way to end a totally bonkers trilogy. Aikawa and Takeuchi return put an end to their endless fighting, this time in a futuristic version of Hong Kong. There are some great action scenes, some solid dramatic interludes and a couple of vintage Miike moments. Fans of the series won't be disappointed, others do best to watch part one and two first.

Sabu

by Takashi Miike
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 122 mins
Genre
Drama, Action
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
Sabu poster

Graveyard of Honor

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Shin Jingi no Hakaba
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 131 mins
Genre
Action, Thriller, Crime
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
Graveyard of Honor poster

Audition

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Ôdishon
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 115 mins
Genre
Drama, Horror, Mystery
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
Audition poster

Young Thugs: Nostalgia

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kishiwada Shônen Gurentai: Bôkyô
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 94 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
Young Thugs: Nostalgia poster

Blues Harp

by Takashi Miike
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 107 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance, Crime, Music
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
Blues Harp poster

Fudoh: The New Generation

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Gokudô Sengokushi: Fudô
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 98 mins
Genre
Comedy, Action, Crime
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
Fudoh: The New Generation poster

Osaka Tough Guys

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Naniwa Yuukyôden
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 101 mins
Genre
Comedy, Action, Crime
More info on
rating
4.0*/5.0*
Osaka Tough Guys poster

Solid pieces

First Love

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Hatsukoi
Specifics
Japan, UK [2019] - 108 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
First Love poster

Slightly disappointing, especially considering all the hype. The film feels a little tepid and too streamlined for a Miike film. There isn't enough craziness, there is too much focus on plot and it's just a little monotone. It's not a bad film really, but within Miike's oeuvre it is quickly eclipsed by much better films.

Laplace's Witch

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Rapurasu no Majo
Specifics
Japan [2018] - 115 mins
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Laplace's Witch poster

Miike doing a more restrained film. 2018 has been a quiet year for him, with just a single release on the tables. There's still some weirdness of course, but it's the blend of science and fantasy rather than the characters and events that stand out here. Well-made, entertaining and amusing, but not a Miike classic.

Blade of the Immortal

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Mugen no Jûnin
Specifics
Japan, UK [2017] - 140 mins
Genre
Drama, Fantasy, Action
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Blade of the Immortal poster

Terra Formars

by Takashi Miike
Specifics
Japan [2016] - 108 mins
Genre
Sci-fi, Action, Horror
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Terra Formars poster

Over Your Dead Body

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kuime
Specifics
Japan, France [2014] - 93 mins
Genre
Horror
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Over Your Dead Body poster

Shield of Straw

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Wara no Tate
Specifics
Japan [2013] - 117 mins
Genre
Thriller
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Shield of Straw poster

Lesson of the Evil

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Aku no Kyoten
Specifics
Japan [2012] - 129 mins
Genre
Horror, Thriller
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Lesson of the Evil poster

Takashi Miike returns ... once again. There really is no stopping the man, and though not every film is a masterpiece, even his relatively flawed ones can be more than entertaining. Aku No Kyoten is one of Miike's more mainstream efforts, a film that bears the unmistakable stamp of Miike, only in a slightly watered-down and more acceptable fashion.

Aku No Kyoten bares some resemblance to Nakashima's Kokuhaku, especially when comparing the setup of both films. Seiji is a teacher with an impeccable moral, always ready to help his students with their more intimate problems. He vows to rid the school of all nasty business, but secretly the man has an agenda of his own. One that is revealed during a sprawling 45 minute finale.

The first hour is a bit tame though. There are some quirky characters, but compared to other Miike films they aren't all that interesting. The biggest flaw is no doubt the casting of Hideaki Ito (who plays Seiji), an actor who lacks the charisma and flair to play the character he is supposed to be. With him present some of the better moments of the film miss their target. A real shame, because Miike goes pretty wild during the final 45 minutes. Nothing he hasn't done before, but some of the principal characters go down with surprising ease, something I'm sure not everyone will appreciate. Miike fans will rejoice when the film makes its way to a solid climax though.

After a slow start, Aku No Kyoten delivers the goods, even when its main actor lacks the skills to impress the audience. By then it's just a case of too little, too late. It's still a pretty great flick though, but when watching a Miike film I expect a little extra and that's clearly missing here.

Death of a Samurai

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Ichimei
Specifics
Japan, UK [2011] - 128 mins
Genre
Drama
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Death of a Samurai poster

Yatterman

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Yattâman
Specifics
Japan [2009] - 111 mins
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi, Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Musical
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Yatterman poster

God's Puzzle

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kamisama no Pazuru
Specifics
Japan [2008] - 134 mins
Genre
Sci-fi
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
God's Puzzle poster

Three... Extremes

by Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park
Also known as
Saam Gaang Yi
Specifics
Japan, Hong Kong [2004] - 125 mins
Genre
Horror
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Three... Extremes poster

Zebraman

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Zeburaaman
Specifics
Japan [2004] - 115 mins
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Zebraman poster

The Man in White

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Yurusarezaru Mono
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 95 mins
Genre
Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Man in White poster

Yakuza Demon

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kikoku
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 100 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Yakuza Demon poster

One Missed Call

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Chakushin Ari
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 112 mins
Genre
Horror, Mystery
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
One Missed Call poster

The Negotiator

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kôshônin
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 107 mins
Genre
Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Negotiator poster

Deadly Outlaw: Rekka

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Jitsuroku Andô Noboru Kyôdô-den: Rekka
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 96 mins
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka poster

Shangri-La

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kin'yuu Hametsu Nippon: Tôgenkyô no Hito-bito
Specifics
Japan [2002] - 105 mins
Genre
Drama, Fantasy
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Shangri-La poster

Ichi the Killer

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Koroshiya 1
Specifics
Japan, Hong Kong [2001] - 129 mins
Genre
Comedy, Horror, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Ichi the Killer poster

Agitator

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Araburu Tamashii-Tachi
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 150 mins
Genre
Drama, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Agitator poster

The Guys from Paradise

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Tengoku kara Kita Otoko-tachi
Specifics
Japan, Philippines [2000] - 114 mins
Genre
Drama, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Guys from Paradise poster

Ley Lines

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Nihon Kuroshakai
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 105 mins
Genre
Drama, Thriller, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Ley Lines poster

The Bird People in China

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Chûgoku no Chôjin
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 118 mins
Genre
Drama, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Bird People in China poster

Andromedia

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Andoromedeia
Specifics
Japan [1998] - 109 mins
Genre
Drama, Sci-fi, Romance, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Andromedia poster

Young Thugs: Innocent Blood

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kishiwada Shônen Gurentai: Chikemuri Junjô-hen
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 108 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Action
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Young Thugs: Innocent Blood poster

Full Metal Yakuza

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Full Metal Gokudô
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 102 mins
Genre
Comedy, Sci-fi, Crime
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
Full Metal Yakuza poster

The Way to Fight

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kenka no Hanamichi: Oosaka Saikyô Densetsu
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 114 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Action
More info on
rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Way to Fight poster

The inoffensive

The Lion Standing in the Wind

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kaze ni Tatsu Raion
Specifics
Japan [2015] - 139 mins
Genre
Drama
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Lion Standing in the Wind poster

Thirteen Assassins

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Jûsan-nin no Shikaku
Specifics
Japan, UK [2010] - 141 mins
Genre
Drama, Action, Adventure
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Thirteen Assassins poster

Detective Story

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Tantei Monogatari
Specifics
Japan [2007] - 99 mins
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Detective Story poster

Imprint

by Takashi Miike
Specifics
Japan, Canada [2006] - 63 mins
Genre
Horror
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Imprint poster

Waru

by Takashi Miike
Specifics
Japan [2006] - 84 mins
Genre
Drama, Action, Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Waru poster

The Man in White Part 2: Requiem for the Lion

by Takashi Miike
Specifics
Japan [2003] - 107 mins
Genre
Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Man in White Part 2: Requiem for the Lion poster

One of Miike's final DTV releases. A sequel to The Man in White (released in the same year), which I remember liking a little better (although I'll be honest, I'm mostly going by my own ratings here, I don't remember that much from the first film). Not too surprising, because this is pretty basic Miike stuff.

Part 2 is also a full-blown Yakuza film. The usual themes of honor and revenge are abundantly present, you won't miss out on the usual Yakuza shouting, gun action, finger clipping and whatnot either. Miike is more than capable to make these types of films work and that's exactly what he does, without putting in excessive effort.

The film looks okay, but it's nothing special. From time to time Miike plays around with the cinematography and soundtrack to try out some new things, but overall it's a little too sloppy to leave a big impression. The actors do a decent job, the plot is never boring (unless you hate the usual Yakuza intrigue) and the pacing is on point. Nothing too spectacular, just a solid Miike Yakuza film.

Family

by Takashi Miike
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 111 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Family poster

MPD Psycho

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Tajuu Jinkaku Tantei Saiko - Amamiya Kazuhiko no Kikan
Specifics
Japan [2000] - 54 mins
Genre
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
MPD Psycho poster

Salaryman Kintaro

by Takashi Miike
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 110 mins
Genre
Comedy, Fantasy
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Salaryman Kintaro poster

Rainy Dog

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Gokudô Kuroshakai
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 95 mins
Genre
Drama, Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Rainy Dog poster

New Third Gangster 2

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Shin Daisan no Gokudô II
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 85 mins
Genre
Drama
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
New Third Gangster 2 poster

Shinjuku Triad Society

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Shinjuku Kuroshakai: Chaina Mafia Sensô
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 100 mins
Genre
Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Shinjuku Triad Society poster

Shinjuku Outlaw

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Shinjuku Autoroo
Specifics
Japan [1994] - 94 mins
Genre
Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Shinjuku Outlaw poster

Bodyguard Kiba 2

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Bodigaado Kiba: Shura no Mokushiroku
Specifics
Japan [1994] - 64 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Bodyguard Kiba 2 poster

Bodyguard Kiba

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Bodigaado Kiba
Specifics
Japan [1993] - 93 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
More info on
rating
3.0*/5.0*
Bodyguard Kiba poster

Worthy but flawed

Man, Next Natural Girl: 100 Nights In Yokohama

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Tennen Shôjo Man Next: Yokohama Hyaku-Ya Hen
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 160 mins
Genre
Action, Horror
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
Man, Next Natural Girl: 100 Nights In Yokohama poster

New Third Gangster: Outbreak Kansai Yakuza Wars

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Shin Daisan no Gokudô - Boppatsu Kansai Gokudô Sensô
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 86 mins
Genre
Drama
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
New Third Gangster: Outbreak Kansai Yakuza Wars poster

Peanuts

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Rakkasei: Piinattsu
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 87 mins
Genre
Comedy, Crime
More info on
rating
2.5*/5.0*
Peanuts poster

A very early, somewhat lackluster Miike film. Maeda and Takeuchi make a fine couple and the comedy is fun and light-hearted, but the poor presentation and the total lack of vintage Miike moments make this a film that is for completists and hardcore fans of the director. It's not a terrible film, but it doesn't stand out at all, especially not in Miike's oeuvre.

Dubious filler

Dead or Alive

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 105 mins
Genre
Comedy, Action, Crime
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Dead or Alive poster

Ambition without Honor

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Jingi Naki Yabô
Specifics
Japan [1996] - 95 mins
Genre
Action
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
Ambition without Honor poster

Bodyguard Kiba: Combat Apocalypse 2

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Bodigaado Kiba: Shura no Mokushiroku 2
Specifics
Japan [1995] - 74 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Bodyguard Kiba: Combat Apocalypse 2 poster

A lot of incomprehensible English dialogue makes this film much harder to appreciate than necessary. Far from Miike's best work and there is quite a bit of pointless filler, on the other hand the film does feature pretty decent action scenes and some small hints of the craziness that would make him famous. For fans only.

Plain forgettable

Kumamoto Stories

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Kikuchi-jô Monogatari - Sakimori-tachi no Uta
Specifics
Japan [2001] - 122 mins
Genre
History
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Kumamoto Stories poster

Ambition without Honor 2

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Jingi Naki Yabô 2
Specifics
Japan [1997] - 98 mins
Genre
Drama, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Ambition without Honor 2 poster

Very cheap, lazy and lifeless sequel. It's another one of those uncharacteristically tame, early Miike films that feels more like a quick directing exercise rather than an actual film. There's some basic Yakuza drama and a pretty violent finale, but that's hardly enough to win over anyone but the most die-hard genre fans. Avoid unless you've seen all the Miike there is to see.

Red Hunter: Prelude to Kill

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Redi Hantaa: Koroshi no Pureryuudo
Specifics
Japan [1991] - 78 mins
Genre
Action
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Red Hunter: Prelude to Kill poster

Eyecatch Junction

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Toppuu! Minipato Tai - Aikyacchi Jankushon
Specifics
Japan [1991] - 92 mins
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Eyecatch Junction poster

Big nopes

Silver

by Takashi Miike
Also known as
Shirubaa
Specifics
Japan [1999] - 79 mins
Genre
Drama, Romance, Crime
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rating
1.0*/5.0*
Silver poster