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TadanobuAsano (4k image) Getting a taste for the films of Takashi Miike. Started a couple years ago when Tim recommended that I see Audition. Recently I watched "Ichi the Killer". Cool performance from Tadanobu Asano (he's great.) His character has an interesting body modification--his cheeks are cut in such a way that his smile continues around to his ears. Safety pins hold his face together at the corners of his mouth. An early scene shows him smoking, and blowing the smoke thru his cheeks. It struck me as I was watching the film that I must have more manga inspired japanese cinema. I dig it.

I have another film that looks like it might be a bit over the top. Haven't got around to watching it yet: "Visitor Q". Tim sent me a link to an interview with Takashi Miike. Interesting guy. I like his ideas about making movies:

"... there's this amazing scene in his Tokyo fundoshi geisha (Tokyo Loincloth Geisha, 1975), a spectacle battle between women and men using sexual intercourse. When I saw that, I thought, all the cool stuff I wanted to do, this guy has already done it!"

"I don't have the common sense to acknowledge genres. Genres are for people who have to promote or critique films. As long you are human, the bottom line of everything creative is simply to ask: why do we exist?"

"...the governor saw Dead or Alive, and he really liked it. One of his underlings said, 'Why does that bazooka come out of nowhere?' The governor said, 'You are so stupid! You have no sense for men's fantasy. If you are really a man, then you have a bazooka!'

Takashi Miike: A Director's Profile

A sequence in the film where Ichi the Killer cuts a guy in half (graphic, not for everybody):

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Anybody needng a gift idea for me could do worse than the manga that Ichi the Killer is based on: Voyeur or Voyeurs Inc.



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