Shinjuku Outlaw: 13 From Takashi Miike

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Co-programmed by Marc Walkow and co-presented by Subway Cinema.

Due to the catastrophic events in Japan, Takashi Miike is no longer able to attend the upcoming series. He sends his sincere regrets. The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema are partnering with The Japan Society to donate 10% of the ticket sales to all screenings in the Takashi Miike retrospective, Shinjuku Outlaw: 13 From Takashi Miike, to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, to support relief and recovery for the 2011 Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake.

"There’s prolific, and then there’s Takashi Miike." Read the New York Times on our Miike series here

Prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike first smashed his way into the American consciousness in 2001 with the double-barreled blast of Audition (1999) and Ichi the Killer (2001), one a slow-burn horror tale about the ultimate date gone wrong (which sparked waves of horrified walk-outs in theaters), the other an over-the-top, pitch-black, splatter comedy which laid out the queasy relationship between sex and death in gangster movies. Miike’s movies heralded a wave of “Asian Extreme” sex- and violence-crammed titles that filled US video store shelves before quickly dying out through oversaturation.

But with over eighty films (and counting) to his credit, more than thirty of them in the past ten years, Miike has outlasted the trend and all attempts to pigeonhole him as a cult director, becoming both a film festival darling abroad and a big-budget hitmaker at home. In 2009, his films Yatterman and Crows Zero II rocketed to the top of the Japanese box office, and in 2010, his 13 Assassins ruled both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. And in 2011, he has no less than two major new productions on the way: a children’s ninja movie and a 3D remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s samurai classic Harakiri!

So, on the eve of the U.S. release of 13 Assassins — his large-scale, old-fashioned, all-star samurai action epic — the Film Society and Subway Cinema (curators of the New York Asian Film Festival, which returns to the Walter Reade this July) are proud to present this first-ever New York retrospective devoted to the genre-hopping master of cinema. Featuring an onslaught of his best films, many of which have never screened before in New York City, it features everything from his major hits to legendary rarities like his criminally under-screened Fudoh. The time has come to remind audiences that Takashi Miike is more than just blood-and-guts, he’s also one of the most exciting and talented modern filmmakers working today.

Special thanks to Magnet Releasing for 13 Assassins.

Please note: Miike’s Dead or Alive (1999) will screen at 7:30 pm, Tuesday, March 15th at Japan Society, as part of their series “The Hardest Men in Town: Yakuza Chronicles of Sin, Sex & Violence,” which runs March 9th to 19th.

In This Series

13 Assassins

13 Assassins

Takashi Miike | 2010 | 126 mins

Miike’s latest is a faithful sword-slashing remake of the 1963 samurai-siege classic. The finale? A 40-minute battle royale.

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Agitator

Agitator

Takashi Miike | 2001 | 150 mins

In Miike’s moody suburban yakuza epic, a young enforcer weathers the fluctuating loyalties of enemies and associates. Featuring Miike as a mad-dog wildman. Not on DVD!

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Audition

Audition

Takashi Miike | 1999 | 115 mins

In the mind-fornication that broke Miike wide in the U.S., a man looking for a submissive bride gets an extravagantly sadistic keeper instead.

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The Bird People in China

The Bird People in China

Takashi Miike | 1998 | 119 mins

A turning point in Miike’s career came with this beautifully told fable about a salaryman sent to remotest China who hears of villagers who can fly.

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The City of Lost Souls

The City of Lost Souls

Takashi Miike | 2000 | 103 mins

In this effortless mix of comedy, film noir, and Hong Kong action, a Japanese-Brazilian hit man and a Chinese hairdresser attempt to flee the country and their psychotic exes. DVD OUT OF PRINT!

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Crows Zero II

Crows Zero II

Takashi Miike | 2009 | 133 mins

A hyper-stylized comic-book adaptation about the violent students of Suzuran All-Boys High School—a literal school of hard knocks. Box-office gold, with hunky star Shun Oguri. Not on DVD!

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Fudoh: The New Generation

Fudoh: The New Generation

Takashi Miike | 1996 | 98 mins

A high-school yakuza gang leader seeks oedipal revenge in Miike’s first trademark blend of splatter, over-the-top twists, black humor, crazy characters, and sex and violence.

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The Great Yokai War

The Great Yokai War

Takashi Miike | 2005 | 124 mins

In Miike’s delight for all ages, a boy must retrieve a magic sword to end the war between funkalicious demons and the forces of technology. Co-presentation with Movies for Kids. ALL TICKETS ONLY $5!

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Ichi the Killer

Ichi the Killer

Takashi Miike | 2001 | 129 mins

An albino sadomasochist with a crocodile grin and a fetish for lavender leather runs riot in Miike’s famed underworld bodice-grinder.

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Izo

Izo

Takashi Miike | 2004 | 128 mins

Crisscrossing centuries, an angel of death slaughters thousands on the road to deliverance, in Miike’s wildly inventive and genuinely disturbing saga.

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Ley Lines

Ley Lines

Takashi Miike | 1999 | 105 mins

Set in the seedy world of small-time crooks, Miike’s heartbreaking film follows three Chinese-Japanese country toughs who flee to Tokyo and find only more trouble. DVD OUT OF PRINT!

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Shangri-La

Shangri-La

Takashi Miike | 2002 | 105 mins

Miike does Preston Sturges with this delightful comedy about a group of homeless people living in a utopian shantytown outside Tokyo. Not on DVD!

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Shinjuku Triad Society

Shinjuku Triad Society

Takashi Miike | 1995 | 100 mins

Turf wars, rent boys, ethnic tensions, and so-bad-its-good club music abound in the first of Miike’s ultraviolent, serpentine-plotted Black Society trilogy. DVD OUT OF PRINT!

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