What are your thoughts on these Takashi Miike movies?

Discussion in 'Asian Horror and Other Pleasures' started by thrashard76, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. thrashard76

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    How would you rate these movies and are there better R1 versions of these?

    Visitor Q (Media Blasters)
    Gozu (Pathfinder)
    Sabu (Artsmagic)
    City Of Lost Souls (Ventura)
    Dead Or Alive Trilogy (Kino)
    Full Metal Yakuza (Artsmagic)
    Fudoh: The New Generation (Media Blasters) - I see there is a Deluxe Edition of this coming from MB. What does this new version have over the older one?
     
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    ive only seen Full Metal Yakuza DVD. the movie itself is fairly corny because it was DTV i believe. the quality on it was impressive and i watched a few of the features and they were good, like the Miike interview.
     
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    Gozu (Pathfinder) - It's alright

    Sabu (Artsmagic) - Not impressed. He goes straightforward with it. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but he's not good at this sort of thing.

    City Of Lost Souls (Ventura) - Hated every minute of it.

    Dead Or Alive Trilogy (Kino) - Just go with Part 2. The first one sucks, and the third is only worth it for the end. The connections to the three films is threadbare, so they are stand alone. Part 2 is great!

    Full Metal Yakuza (Artsmagic) - Fantastic movie!
     
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  4. Deaddevilman

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    Visitor Q: Probably my favorite. I love the demented deviant lives he portrays... especially the extra milk!
    Gozu: It's above average if you like demented yakuza films.
    Sabu:A normal film that just didn't do anything for me. He needs to stay away from this format.
    City Of Lost Souls: Total piece of shit and perhaps one of the worst movies I have ever seen.
    Dead Or Alive Trilogy: Ahhh... fun but nothing great.
    Full Metal Yakuza: A strange take on Robocop. Good but not great.
    Fudoh: The New Generation: Wonderful film... perhaps his best.
     
  5. Deaddevilman

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    I would rank Full Metal Yakuza 5th or 6th not #1.
     
  6. mcchrist

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    I'd rank Dead or Alive 2 higher than Gozu, the plot's downright insane. Two hitman decide to kill people to raise money to buy vaccines for third world children. Over-the-top violence meets unbridled optimism. Plus the kiddie play is great :D

    Too bad about the other two.
     
  7. thrashard76

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    So more like this:

    1. Fudoh: The New Generation (Media Blasters)
    2. Visitor Q (Media Blasters)
    3. Dead Or Alive Trilogy (Kino)
    4. Gozu (Pathfinder)
    5. Full Metal Yakuza (Artsmagic)
    6. Sabu (Artsmagic)
    7. City Of Lost Souls (Ventura)
     
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    By far the best film you're asking about is Gozu, which is a friggin masterpiece. If you like Lynch, Cronenberg, Jodorowsky, and/or directors like them, there's no doubt you'll enjoy Gozu. The next best would be the DOA trilogy, the best being the first. The ending is so friggin' nuts, it simply has to be seen. Leave it to Miike to take a Yakuza film and turn it on it's head.

    Visitor Q is also excellent. It's touching, in a way. If you can look at it like that, you should really enjoy it. Fudoh, Full Metal Yakuza, and City of Lost Souls are all fun and entertaining, but are among his lesser works. I actually hated City of Lost Souls on my first watch, but after a second viewing, it grew on me. I've yet to see Sabu, although I own the DVD. Miike is among the few directors whose work I'll buy without having seen it first. He rarely disappoints me.
     
  9. Cujo108

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    The only films that I like from your list are Gozu, Visitor Q, and Fudoh. The rest are either mediocre or plain shitty. I'd say Gozu definitely tops the list, and is Miike's best film since Audition. Surreal filmmaking at its finest.
     
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    I've seen all of the films on that list except Sabu. The only Miike film that disapointed me was City of Lost Souls. Out of the list I would rate in that exact order minus Sabu of course.

    Fudoh is really fun and Visitor Q is just plain great cinema. I gotta agree with mcchrist that the 2nd Dead or Alive is the best of the trilogy, with the 1st next and the 3rd last.
     
  11. Luna

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    I loved Visitor Q. I still need to see Gozu, though.
     
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    I like "City of Lost Souls" - it's worth seeing for the "Matrix" cockfight alone.

    "Dead or Alive 1" is just OK but has to be seen for the incredible last 10 minutes.

    "Dead or Alive 3" is not very good.
     
  13. NickyDoyle

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    I LOVE Dead or Alive; one of the coolest opening and closing 10 minutes to a movie every. I'm really hoping for an SE. Parts 2 and 3 are good. I've never been disappointed with a Miike film so far (maybe Rainy Dog was a little slow in the beginning.)
     
  14. Mixus7

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    I love all of his movies.
     
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    i've only seen Visitor Q from that list...it's a beautiful movie. the main storyline is sad but a little uplifting. Then you add some really weird stuff to it and it just becomes a classic movie.
     
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    I haven't seen one of his films that has done anything for me!! I've seen about 4 or 5 of them.
     
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    Hey... does anyone know the name of the song (and the artist) that plays during the opening 5 or so minutes of Dead or Alive? :) (its also on the trailer)
     
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    Visitor Q (Media Blasters)
    Fudoh: The New Generation (Media Blasters)
    Gozu (Pathfinder)
    Dead Or Alive Trilogy (Kino)
    City Of Lost Souls (Ventura)
    Full Metal Yakuza (Artsmagic)
    Sabu (Artsmagic) (I loathe Tatsuya Fujiwara.)
     

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