Graveyards Of Honour

Graveyards Of Honour (Cert 18) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 94 minutes/131 minutes approx. This is a rather different two-for-the-price-of-one release as it boasts two versions of the same film - sort of. The tale of notorious real-life Yakuza Rikio Ishikawa was first brought to the screen in 1975 by Kinji Fukasaku, … Continue reading Graveyards Of Honour

First Love (Hatsukoi)

First Love (Hatsukoi) Japan (2019) Dir Takashi Miike You know what they say about best-laid plans. In real life, it can be very frustrating when they go awry but in cinema, it often leads to one hell of a rush.  And when such a scenario is depicted by the enfant terrible of Japanese cinema, Takashi … Continue reading First Love (Hatsukoi)

One Missed Call Trilogy

One Missed Call Trilogy (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 322 minutes approx. First, there was the killer video tape. Then the killer computer, and now the killer mobile phone! You have to hand it to the Japanese when they like an idea they milk it for all it is worth … Continue reading One Missed Call Trilogy

Terra Formars

Terra Formars (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 109 minutes approx. If there is an anime or manga most people would not think of trying to adapt into a live action film you can always count on Takashi Miike to step up. Whether it is the camp silliness of Yatterman, the … Continue reading Terra Formars

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running Time: 119 minutes approx. Having seen the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime, the notion of a live action version is preposterous - until we remember Takashi Miike exists! Already with many anime and manga adaptations in his vast catalogue, including Yatterman, … Continue reading JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

Blade Of The Immortal

Blade Of The Immortal (Cert 18) 1 Disc Blu-ray/DVD (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 141 minutes approx. It goes to show how prolific maverick Japanese director Takashi Miike is, that apparently he wasn’t aware Blade Of The Immortal was his 100th film until somebody mentioned it whilst he was making film number 102! And he … Continue reading Blade Of The Immortal

Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q)

Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q) Japan (2001) Dir. Takashi Miike When one thinks of dysfunctional families usually cartoon broods like The Simpsons or The Griffins are nominated. But the Yamazaki family in this film from Japanese provocateur Takashi Miike don’t just take the biscuit, they snatch the whole pack, gorge it down in one go then … Continue reading Visitor Q (Bijitâ Q)

Dead Or Alive: Final

Dead Or Alive: Final Japan (2002) Dir. Takashi Miike Concluding a story is often hard for a writer; concluding a trilogy is going to be even harder but it seems Japanese provocateur’s decision to make his Dead Or Alive trilogy a largely unconnected affair made it a bit easier for screenwriter Ichiro Ryu and his … Continue reading Dead Or Alive: Final

Dead Or Alive 2: Birds (Dead Or Alive 2: Tôbôsha)

Dead Or Alive 2: Birds (Dead Or Alive 2: Tôbôsha) Japan (2000) Dir. Takashi Miike After delivering one of the most conclusive endings possible to a film, the idea that there could be a sequel to Takashi Miike’s Dead Or Alive seems rather preposterous. But this is Miike we are talking about - and who … Continue reading Dead Or Alive 2: Birds (Dead Or Alive 2: Tôbôsha)

Dead Or Alive (Dead Or Alive: Hanzaisha)

Dead Or Alive (Dead Or Alive: Hanzaisha) Japan (1999) Dir. Takashi Miike Takashi Miike’s reputation as a major proponent of extreme cinema proceeds any of his works, no matter how innocent the subject matter may be. Therefore, the violent world associated with the Yakuza seems tailor made for him - with Miike’s unique twist liberally … Continue reading Dead Or Alive (Dead Or Alive: Hanzaisha)