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Born Aug. 24, 1960, in Osaka, Japan, director Takashi Miike harbored a passion for motorbike racing and a disdain for academics growing up, eventually enrolling in the Yokohama Vocational School of Broadcast and Film.

Miike was soon pegged to work as an unpaid assistant at a local TV company. Nearly a decade of TV work followed, and by the early 1990s, Miike had assumed the director's mantel. Since then, Miike has proved a prolific helmsman, churning out 24 films between 1999 and 2002 -- many of them (such as 1999's Audition and the yakuza epic Dead or Alive) notable for their black humor, over-the-top violence and shocking sexual situations.

Miike, however, has also made children's films (Zebraman), period pieces (Sabu) and even a horror musical (The Happiness of the Katakuris). He received a Golden Lion nod at the Venice Film Festival for 2007's Sukiyaki Western Django.

Takashi Miike in Gozu

Gozu

2003 R

Minami mistakenly kills a gangster associate of his named Brother. Almost as soon as the murder takes place, the body of the deceased man is gone, prompting Minami to conduct a search. While looking, he finds a mysterious isolated hotel where he decides to take a rest. Not only are the front desk clerks a bit strange, but even the ambiance feels unusual. Minami soon realizes he may have gotten more than he bargained for.

  • Takashi Miike in 13 Assassins 13 Assassins
  • Takashi Miike in The Bird People in China The Bird People in China
  • Takashi Miike in Ichi the Killer Ichi the Killer
  • Takashi Miike in The Happiness of the Katakuris The Happiness of the Katakuris
  • Takashi Miike in Audition Audition
  • Takashi Miike in Zebraman Zebraman
  • Takashi Miike in Masters of Horror: Takashi Miike: Imprint Masters of Horror: Takashi Miike: Imprint
  • Takashi Miike in Sukiyaki Western Django Sukiyaki Western Django
  • Takashi Miike in Full Metal Yakuza Full Metal Yakuza
  • Takashi Miike in Rainy Dog Rainy Dog
  • Takashi Miike in Andromedia Andromedia
  • Takashi Miike in Young Thugs: Nostalgia Young Thugs: Nostalgia
  • Takashi Miike in Dead or Alive Dead or Alive
  • Takashi Miike in Dead or Alive 2 Dead or Alive 2
  • Takashi Miike in City of Lost Souls City of Lost Souls
  • Takashi Miike in MPD Psycho MPD Psycho
  • Takashi Miike in Family 2 Family 2
  • Takashi Miike in Dead or Alive Final Dead or Alive Final
  • Takashi Miike in Graveyard of Honor Graveyard of Honor
  • Takashi Miike in The Negotiator The Negotiator
  • Takashi Miike in Neighbor No. 13: Special Edition Neighbor No. 13: Special Edition
  • Takashi Miike in Three ... Extremes Three ... Extremes
  • Takashi Miike in Big Bang Love, Juvenile A Big Bang Love, Juvenile A
  • Takashi Miike in Crows: Episode Zero Crows: Episode Zero
  • Takashi Miike in Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
  • Takashi Miike in Osaka Tough Guys Osaka Tough Guys
  • Takashi Miike in MPD Psycho III MPD Psycho III
  • Takashi Miike in Salaryman Kintaro Salaryman Kintaro
  • Takashi Miike in Last Life in the Universe Last Life in the Universe
  • Takashi Miike in Izo: Special Edition Izo: Special Edition
  • Takashi Miike in The Great Yokai War The Great Yokai War
  • Takashi Miike in Yakuza: Like a Dragon Yakuza: Like a Dragon
  • Takashi Miike in Yakuza Apocalypse Yakuza Apocalypse