films seen
6
average score
4.00*
nationality
Japan - 54 years old
status
Alive and kicking
more info

Beyond exceptional

Redline

by Takeshi Koike
2009 / 102m - Japan
Sci-fi, Sport, Animation
Redline poster

When looking for 100 minutes flat-out entertainment, tailored to be as goofy, crazy and mad as possible, and backed by an amazing technical accomplishment, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better film

Rare treats

Trava: Fist Planet

by Katsuhito Ishii, Takeshi Koike
2003 / 47m - Japan
Comedy, Action, Animation
Trava: Fist Planet poster

I used to compare Trava: Fist Planet to Dead Leaves, nowadays I'm not sure if that's a fair comparison.

The good stuff

The Animatrix

by Peter Chung, Andrew R. Jones, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Takeshi Koike, Mahiro Maeda, Koji Morimoto, Shin'ichirô Watanabe
2003 / 100m - Japan
Sci-fi, Action, Animation
The Animatrix poster

A fine collection of Matrix-related short films, dominated by the Studio 4°C efforts. The anthology sports a varied range of art styles, first-class animation and several interesting takes on the Matrix universe. Not all shorts are a hit, but there are plenty of stand-out pieces that make this one a very easy sell.

Solid pieces

Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko Mine's Lie

by Takeshi Koike
Lupin the IIIrd: Mine Fujiko no Uso
2019 / 58m - Japan
Crime, Adventure
3.5*/5.0*
Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko Mine's Lie poster

Third entry in the Koike-directed Lupin series. The quality of this film series is pretty consistent, Koike adds something valuable to the Lupin franchise, while sadly the Lupin franchise takes some shine away from Koike's work. This third part is fun, amusing and a little darker than you'd expect from a Lupin film, but it's not quite the masterpiece you'd hope to see.

Lupin the IIIrd: The Blood Spray of Goemon Ishikawa

by Takeshi Koike
Lupin the IIIrd: Chikemuri no Ishikawa Goemon
2017 / 54m - Japan
Action, Animation
3.5*/5.0*
Lupin the IIIrd: The Blood Spray of Goemon Ishikawa poster

I'm not the biggest Lupin fan around, but when Koike is involved I'm game. This film is a bit more serious and focused on action. It gets pretty gruesome and dark at some points, so people hoping to see the jolly Lupin stuff should probably think twice before seeing this one. Neatly animated, nicely paced and with a touch of Koike magic. Not bad at all.

Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone

by Takeshi Koike
Lupin the IIIrd: Jigen Daisuke no Bohyo
2014 / 51m - Japan
Action, Crime, Animation
3.5*/5.0*
Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone poster