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Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike, looking all unconventional
Best known for:


One Missed Call

Ichi the Killer

Similar directors:

David Lynch


Japanese Professional Movie Awards, numerous


Takashi Miike is one of Japan's most prolific directors. He is a fast worker who operates in a number of horror and exploitation subgenres, including gangster films, spaghetti westens, extreme horror and J-horror, yet is versatile enough to have also directed the historical drama Sabu, the avant-garde Gozu, and the musical The Happiness of the Katakuris. All of these retain his visual style and peculiar, dark viewpoint. Quentin Tarantino, Eli Roth and David Lynch are among Miike's admirers.

Nihilism, body horror and extreme gore permeate Miike's work. He loves to use Lynchian elements such as surrealism, doppelganger characters and unreliable narrators. Some of his surreal elements resemble the "magical realism" of Latin American literature. Miike's style confounds critics, who recognize his films' artistic value, but are put off by their extreme violent content. Miike's films have a shock content that aligns his work closer to exploitation film than to classic Japanese directors such as Kurosawa, and this further confuses critics.


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