Takashi Miike

Now Playing on Sundance Channel: STEALING BEAUTY, ONE MISSED CALL, VISIONEERS

Article: Now Playing on Sundance Channel: STEALING BEAUTY, ONE MISSED CALL, VISIONEERS

Whatever your taste, we’ve got the film for you this week – provided you’re looking for romance and adventure, dark comedy or horror! (And who isn’t?)

Now Playing on Sundance Channel: STEALING BEAUTY, ONE MISSED CALL, VISIONEERS

Article: Now Playing on Sundance Channel: STEALING BEAUTY, ONE MISSED CALL, VISIONEERS

Whatever your taste, we’ve got the film for you this week – provided you’re looking for romance and adventure, dark comedy or horror! (And who isn’t?)

ASIA EXTREME: Scary Cell Phones, Computers, Trees, Apartments, etc.

Article: ASIA EXTREME: Scary Cell Phones, Computers, Trees, Apartments, etc.

Of the many popular genres in contemporary Asian cinema, none has experienced the kind of growth and success like horror, and over the last decade or so it’s grown into an impressive phenomenon that has racked up dedicated and loyal followers worldwide. Yet even outside of the fanboy crowd, the Japanese horror film, or J-Horror (and its Korean equivalent K-Horror), has become the subject of serious critical study, and multiple volumes have been written on the subject.

ASIA EXTREME: J-Quirk and The New Surrealism

Article: ASIA EXTREME: J-Quirk and The New Surrealism

If one were to survey Japanese films that have been distributed in America over the last thirty to forty years, certain patterns would form. Works from the great masters, historical epics, dramas, monster movies and of course horror have certainly been well represented for decades. But one genre that’s severely lacking is comedy. In 1985, Juzo Itami’s noodle-western TAMPOPO became a smash hit, playing to sell-out crowds for months. However, since that time there haven’t been many Japanese comedies to find their way into the cultural zeitgeist, but that’s not for lack of material.

ASIA EXTREME: By The Time You Read This, Takashi Miike Will Have Completed Another Film

Article: ASIA EXTREME: By The Time You Read This, Takashi Miike Will Have Completed Another Film

Though not quite a household name, prolific auteur Takashi Miike has made quite a splash outside of his native Japan, both within the fanboy community as well as the cinephile set. Then again, when you’ve completed nearly eighty films in only eighteen years, you’re bound to get recognized.