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Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: Cut Above Award Winner Lily Franky on THE SHELL COLLECTOR

Novelist, illustrator, scriptwriter, radio host, and even as a singer, Lily Franky mastered many arts before his muse called him to become one of Japan’s most popular character actors.  Receiving Japan Cuts’ Cut Above award, Franky spoke with me about...

Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: YAKUZA APOCALYPSE Plays Like Miike's Greatest Hits

Putting Miike Takashi at the helm of a yakuza action film that features a vampire crime boss and a man in a giant felt frog costume seems like a no-brainer. This is the kind of whacked out gonzo imagery that we've...

Celluloid Screams 2015: THE INVITATION Opens The Fest, And The Rest Are Not So Bad Either

Hey UK! Make your way to Sheffield during the weekend of October 23rd through the 25th if you want to get your fantastic film fix. The Celluloid Screams: Sheffield Horror Film Festival returns to Showroom Cinema for its sixth edition...

Japan Cuts 2015 Review: PIETA IN THE TOILET, A Cancer Story Told With Poetic Artistry

Pieta in the Toilet, the first fictional feature by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Matsunaga Daishi, is a two-hour drama about a young man who's dying of cancer. But fortunately, this film proves to not be nearly as depressing as that description...

Sitges 2015 Announced: COOTIES, VICTORIA, TURBO KID, SUMMER CAMP And More

The first official announcement of titles to be screened at Sitges 2015 was made today, and some incredible films will be making their way to the Catalan coast this October. From 9th to 18th of October, Spanish and international genre...

SPRING, TURBO KID, DEATHGASM And More At Neuchâtel IFFF 2015

Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival has quickly become one of the biggest and best in Europe, in no small part due to amazing programming, and 2015 looks to be no exception. I'm very honoured and excited to be on the...

Miike, Saulnier and Van Dormael Anchor Directors' Fortnight Selections

There's a fuzzy green frog headed for Cannes with word that Miike Takashi's Yakuza Apocalypse - poster art featured above - is headed to the massive French fest as part of the official Directors' Fortnight selection along with Jeremy Saulnier's...

Check Out The New Trailer And Poster For Miike's YAKUZA APOCALYPSE: THE GREAT WAR OF THE UNDERWORLD

A new one-minute trailer for Miike Takashi's batshit-crazy-sounding action-thriller Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld (極道大戦争) has gone online today. With plenty of fresh footage and a peek at some of the wild set pieces, the action-heavy trailer serves as...

New Teaser Posters For Miike's YAKUZA APOCALYPSE: THE GREAT WAR OF THE UNDERWORLD

"Yakuza vs. Yakuza Vampires. The war that will decide the future of Japan."Popular Japanese film website Eiga.com has unveiled a new teaser poster for Miike Takashi's eagerly anticipated horror gangster mash-up, Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld (極道大戦争). It's...

First Teaser From Miike's YAKUZA APOCALYPSE: THE GREAT WAR OF THE UNDERWORLD

Japanese director Miike Takashi said in a statement when Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld was announced, "Goodbye to tediously boring Japanese films. No one wanted this to happen, but I am making a rampage back to the basics!",...

Rotterdam 2015 Review: AS THE GODS WILL Leaves You Gasping For More

(Putting the Fear of God into someone was never taken as literally as here...) Miike Takashi must, by now, be the most experienced director in the world in several genres, especially if those genres are vaguely defined as "gory and...

Even By Miike Standards, This Is Just Weird. Check The Full Trailer For AS THE GODS WILL

The are exploding heads o'plenty in the full trailer for Miike Takashi's adaptation of popular manga As The Gods Will. Heads exploding into piles of beads, apparently, all of it presided over by a mocking sculpture. Then there's the guy...

New Image From Miike's YAKUZA APOCALYPSE: THE GREAT WAR OF THE UNDERWORLD

Filming is underway on Miike Takashi's gangster-horror mash-up Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld, which stars Ichihara Hayato (All About Lily Chou-Chou) opposite Indonesian martial arts star Yayan Ruhian (The Raid, The Raid 2), as a sensitive young...

Yayan "Mad Dog" Ruhian Joins Miike's YAKUZA APOCALYPSE

People who have seen either of the two The Raid films will be familiar with Yayan Ruhian, who played the brutal adversary Mad Dog in the first film, and pivotal assassin Prakoso in the sequel. In a series full of excellent...

Miike Takashi Going Back To His Roots With New Film YAKUZA APOCALYPSE

Miike Takashi has started shooting his new film Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld, reports Screen Daily. While the announcement of any new project by the prolific director automatically brings a great deal of anticipation, what he promises to...

17th Japanese Film Festival 2013 Review: THE DEVIL'S PATH Is Murder Most Mediocre

Supposedly not a film for the faint at heart, The Devil's Path starts with a series of disturbing Yakuza psychopath activities that excitedly recall the manic darkness of I Saw The Devil or, closer to home, Miike's Lessons Of The...