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Takashi Miike 
Written by: on January 19th, 2005

“I think I am an arranger, not an author. Because I don’t have a base, my approach to making a film is also like bringing something to me that is from a different place.” -Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike was born on 24th August 1960 in Osaka, Japan. His love for motorbike’s placed him into the world of auto mechanics before racing them as an amateur. When an advertisement for Yokohama Vocational School of Broadcast and Film caught his attention he quickly applied since he was going nowhere racing motorbikes.

Uninterested in the aspects of filmmaking Miike would frequently cut class and paid little attention while he was there.Luck would intervene landing Miike a job as assistant director on an episode of the TV series Black Jack. Working on Television Mikke had finally found his niche working on 30 to 40 shows a year for seven years. By the early 1990’s he would shift from television into film working first as an assistant director before moving into the directors chair.

Miike would spend his first four years directing straight to video features before landing the film 1995’s Shinjuku Triad Society his first theatrical feature film. Miike since then has spent the last ten years working at a prolific pace and sometimes as a director for hire. His films usually revolve around violence and his dark sense of humor, still there is no denying that these films could have been by anyone else.

Miike’s biggest international success top date is his 1999 film the Audition which is already being hailed as a modern day horror masterpiece. Miike keeps the auteur theory alive through his unique style of filmmaking by exploring human nature through its deepest darkest obsessions.


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Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (2017)
The Mole Song: Hong Kong Capriccio (2016)
Terra Formars (2016)
Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld (2015)
The Lion Standing in the Wind (2015)
As the Gods Will (2014)
Over Your Dead Body (2014)
The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji (2013)
Shield of Straw (2013)
Lesson of the Evil (2012)
For Love’s Sake (2012)
Ace Attorney (2012)
Ninja Kids!!! (2011)
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
13 Assassins (2011)
Crows Zero 2 (2009)
Yattâman (2009)
God’s Puzzle (2008)
Crows Zero (2007)
Tantei monogatari (2007)
Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
Like a Dragon (2007)
Scars of the Sun (2006)
Imprint (2006)
Waru (2006)
Big Bang Love, Juvenile (2006)
The Great Yokai War (2005)
“Ultraman Max” (2005)
Demon Pond (2005)
Izo (2004)
Three… Extremes (2004)
Zebraman (2004)
One Missed Call (2003)
Kôshônin (2003) (TV)
Kikoku (2003)
Gokudô kyôfu dai-gekijô: Gozu (2003)
The Man in White (2003)
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (2002)
Pandoora (2002)
Shangri-La (2002)
Graveyard of Honor (2002)
Sabu (2002)
Onna kunishuu ikki (2002)
Dead or Alive: Final (2002)
Kumamoto monogatari (2001)
Zuiketsu gensô – Tonkararin yume densetsu (2001)
The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)
Agitator (2001)
Ichi The Killer (2001)
Visitor Q (2001)
Family 1 (2001)
Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000)
The Guys from Paradise (2000)
The City of Lost Souls (2000)
“Multiple Personality Detective Psycho – Kazuhiko Amamiya Returns” (2000) (mini series)
Audition (1999)
N-Girls Vs Vampire (1999)
Salaryman Kintaro (1999)
Dead or Alive (1999)
Silver – shirubaa (1999)
Ley Lines (1999)
“Man, a Natural Girl” (1999) (mini series)
Blues Harp (1998)
Young Thugs: Nostalgia (1998)
Andromedia (1998)
The Bird People in China (1998)
Rainy Dog (1997)
Full Metal Yakuza (1997)
Jingi naki yabô 2 (1997)
Young Thugs: Innocent Blood (1997)
Fudoh: The New Generation (1996)
Kenka no hanamichi: Oosaka saikyô densetsu (1996)
Rakkasei: Piinattsu (1996)
Jingi naki yabô (1996)
Shin daisan no gokudô II (1996)
Shin daisan no gokudô – boppatsu Kansai gokudô sensô (1996)
Shinjuku Triad Society (1995)
Naniwa yuukyôden (1995)
Bodyguard Kiba  2 (1995)
Daisan no gokudô (1995)
Shinjuku Outlaw (1994)
Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai 2 (1993)
Oretachi wa tenshi ja nai (1993)
Bodyguard Kiba (1993)
A Human Murder Weapon (1992)
Rasuto ran: Ai to uragiri no hyaku-oku en – shissô Feraari 250 GTO (1991)
Redi hantaa: Koroshi no pureryuudo (1991)
Toppuu! Minipato tai – Aikyacchi Jankushon (1991)

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