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VISITOR Q
BIJITÂ Q
2001, 84 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

Shot like a disturbing home video, Takashi Miike’s transgressive genre-bending portrait of a disturbingly dysfunctional family unit begins with a father’s attempt to document “young people today.” What follows is a descent into a household where incest, drug abuse and ultra-violence are all a part of daily life. Can the intervention of the mysterious stranger Q restore order to this bourgeois family? Equally disturbing, dark and funny, VISITOR Q is unlike anything you’ve seen before.


ICHI THE KILLER
KOROSHI YA ICHI
2001, Well Go Pictures, 126 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

Adapted from an ultra-popular manga comic banned in several Japanese prefectures, ICHI is one of the funniest, most horrific, blood-drenched yakuza thrillers ever made (and director Miike’s most successful film in Japan to date). Nao Omori is Ichi, an immature crybaby who dons a black rubber superhero suit and hatchet blade boots to do the bidding of Shinya Tsukamoto (director of TETSUO: IRON MAN), an unassuming mastermind bent on rending the fabric of Shinjuku’s yakuza and destroying bleach-blond S&M freak/mobster Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano). Be forewarned, Ichi is an equal-opportunity assassin, and both men and women sacrifice body parts when they cross his path!


YAKUZA APOCALYPSE: THE GREAT WAR OF THE UNDERGROUND
GOKUDOU DAISENSOU
2015, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 125 min, Japan, Dir: Takashi Miike

Strap yourself in for one of the most outrageous and delirious assaults from Japan’s most beloved/demented auteur! YAKUZA APOCALYPSE opens in relatively straightforward fashion as local mob boss Kamiura (Lily Franky) shakes down criminals to keep his neighborhood safe. But Kamiura is a vampire mob boss with little regard for the rules of the international yakuza syndicate, and he enlists his protégée Kageyama (Hayato Ichihara) to help defend his turf. As the fighting and bloodsucking spiral out of control, the syndicate summons Modern Monster to squash the resistance. And that’s when things really go nuts, with bone-snapping action, slapstick comedy, stop-motion animation and man-in-a-suit monster mayhem pouring from the screen with glorious aplomb.


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