In the West, Miike first made a big splash with his 2001 flick Audition, and his hard-edged films have found Western audiences ever since. Miike is an incredibly prolific filmmaker – he’s made over 70 films since 1991. Not all 70 films are good. He’s made a lot of crap! But he’s also make many truly interesting films.
Whenever he starts a new project, you don’t know if you’re going to get the guy who churned out brilliance like Ichi the Killer or the guy who made the soul-crushing Yatterman movie.
The Osaka-born Miike views filmmaking like a job, instead of merely a creative endeavour that’s to be done whenever the mood suits. He’s closer to someone like Woody Allen, who is constantly making movies, than to someone like, Stanley Kubrick, who’s films were events. (This isn’t to pass judgment on either Allen or Kubrick – this is merely an observation on working methods.)
There’s no doubt, Miike is making a game film. But it’s not his first game flick. His Dead or Alive series are totally unrelated to the Tecmo fighting games, but he did make a 40-minute film version of Sega’s Yakuza. It’s a prequel, and it was released way back in 2006. In 2007, Miike made a full theatrical feature version of Yakuza. It was decent – a faithful, if not muddled and somewhat tame, movie version of Sega’s crime saga.
Miike is comfortable with violence, and also without it. He’s described his upcoming project as a light comedy, which in no way spells doom. Just don’t go expecting Ichi the Killer.
Check out the gallery of Miike’s highlights. Note: there’s gore and at least two pairs of boobs.
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Top photo: TimeWarp
Shinjuku Triad Society
Fudoh: The New Generation
Full Metal Yakuza
The Bird People in China
Dead or Alive triology
Ichi the Killer
The Happiness of the Katakuris
One Missed Call
The Great Yokai War
Sukiyaki Western Django
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai