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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 Audition

Audition

1999 UR

Director Takashi Miike fashions an explosive drama in Audition. Shigeharu Aoyama (Ryo Ishibashi) has lived as a widower for too long and decides it's time to marry again. But how will he find a wife? When a friend suggests he hold a fake audition to pick the right woman, he takes him up on it -- only to realize that his choice may be a better actress than he bargained for.

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