October 17, 2013

Shield of Straw (Takashi Miike, 2013) and Lesson of the Evil (Takashi Miike, 2012)

Shield of StrawMy first film at Fantasia in 2013 was Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw, one of the director’s contribution to the festival. Miike is a known workhorse, directing sometimes three films per year, in a myriad of genres and styles. Yet, there seems to be a connecting thread through his films, which feels harder to ascertain for me than […]
March 29, 2010

Sukiyaki Western Django (Takashi Miike, 2007)

WHAT IT IS: In a Far-East treasure town, two rival clans clash in a quest for gold. A strange gunman comes to town and plays both sides against each other. His agenda is unknown. HOW IT IS: Produced by Quentin Tarantino, Miike’s tribute to spaghetti western and samurai films is much more than a collage of film homages. By choosing […]