AGITATOR THE CINEMA OF TAKASHI MIIKE PDF

Want to Read saving…. Nov 02, Tony rated it liked it Shelves: The actual writing took six months. Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike Cineka not everyday you find a thorough, well-written book on any filmmaker, especially not divisive cult-horror directors, so these books are a rare treat. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. At first I thought I would write a magazine article about it or something, but it quickly expanded into something much bigger.

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An essential purchase for anyone wanting to know where cinema is heading in the 21st century" —Pete Tombs, Author of Mondo Macabro Agitator - The Cinema of Takashi Miike — The groundbreaking book by Tom Mes He has been praised and reviled, hyped and ignored, lauded and censored. But rarely have the films of Takashi Miike been properly studied. And more I saw my first Miike film in early , at the Rotterdam Film Festival, which would become his big international breakthrough.

They were showing three Miike films that year, including Audition. But the first one I saw was Dead or Alive and it just knocked me out cold. I remember coming out of the theatre full of energy. Seeing that film with no preconceptions about what it was or who its director was, was an incredibly invigorating experience. Then when I saw Audition a few days later, there was no way back. His movies were so full of guts, so full of invention and just pure joy, they really impressed me deeply.

When did you make the decision to write a book about Miike? It came from watching the films, really. Watching those, I started to notice all these very consistent themes and motifs in his work. What was the process of writing the book like? A lot of movies to watch! The start was like I said, discovering the recurring themes in his work. At first I thought I would write a magazine article about it or something, but it quickly expanded into something much bigger.

The response was really positive, which certainly lifted a weight off my shoulders. I told Miike about the book in early at a film festival and he offered to help out any way he could, which was another great relief. During that trip I also miraculously managed to find all the films I was still missing by scouring every second-hand video store in Tokyo and Yokohama.

I found the last one on the very last day of my stay! I then spent the entire summer and most of the fall of watching all the films again and writing the book. The actual writing took six months. I could have picked a worse director to write a book about, because he has been helpful beyond the call of duty. He was very genuinely surprised when he heard I was writing a book about him, he just never considered that anyone would look at his work in such a way.

Was it easy inking the deal with FAB Press? Were you also sending it around to other publishers before FAB picked it up, or were they your first choice? FAB was my first choice and things went very smoothly with them. I chose to send it to them first and they immediately said yes, so I was very lucky. FAB seemed to be very dedicated to publishing quality writing on filmmakers that the majority of publishers would ignore. What is your favourite Takashi Miike film, and why? I have two absolute favourites.

One is Dead or Alive 2, which is an incredibly, meticulously well-constructed film that manages to be touching and human at the same time.

The more you watch it, the better it becomes. Kishiwada is a working class neighbourhood of Osaka, very similar to the one Miike himself grew up in. The film is set at the end of the sixties and portrays a couple of months in the life a year-old boy, without all the phoney rites-of-passage bullshit. Nathan Tyler is a Toronto-based writer, journalist, and editor. His articles, essays, and reviews have appeared in Rue Morgue and Fangoria, and he is currently working on his first book.

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Takashi Miike

His father worked as a welder and his mother as seamstress. Miike still directs V-Cinema productions intermittently due to the creative freedom afforded by the less stringent censorship of the medium and the riskier content that the producers will allow. The film showcased his extreme style and his recurring themes, and its success gave him the freedom to work on higher-budgeted pictures. He gained international fame in when his romantic horror film Audition , his violent yakuza epic Dead or Alive , and his controversial adaptation of the manga Ichi the Killer played at international film festivals. He has since gained a strong cult following in the West that is growing with the increase in DVD releases of his works. Many of his films contain graphic and lurid bloodshed, often portrayed in an over-the-top, cartoonish manner. Much of his work depicts the activities of criminals especially yakuza or concern themselves with gaijin , non-Japanese or foreigners living in Japan.

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Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike

An essential purchase for anyone wanting to know where cinema is heading in the 21st century" —Pete Tombs, Author of Mondo Macabro Agitator - The Cinema of Takashi Miike — The groundbreaking book by Tom Mes He has been praised and reviled, hyped and ignored, lauded and censored. But rarely have the films of Takashi Miike been properly studied. And more I saw my first Miike film in early , at the Rotterdam Film Festival, which would become his big international breakthrough. They were showing three Miike films that year, including Audition. But the first one I saw was Dead or Alive and it just knocked me out cold. I remember coming out of the theatre full of energy.

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