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First small 'Yattâman' teaser:
http://www.yatterman-movie.com/index2.html

And some information about movie:
http://us.vdc.imdb.com/title/tt1010055/combined
Posted 7/29/08
Yakuza 2 English versions dated
2:34 pm Thursday 24 July, 2008
by Phil de Bruin

Last week at E3, Sega announced the release dates for the English versions of Yakuza 2 for PlayStation 2, the 2006 sequel to 2005's high-budget cinematic adventure game set in Tokyo's criminal underworld. The game is dated for the 28th of September 2008 in Europe and the 7th of September 2008 in North America. There's yet to be confirmation of a New Zealand release.


Much to the delight of purist fans, these Western releases won't feature an English dub, but rather the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Yakuza, titled "Rya Ga Gotoku" in Japan (literally translated as 'Like a Dragon'), received critical acclaim upon its Japanese release in 2005 for its accurate and in-depth exploration of yakuza culture. Despite the game being a huge success in its homeland, the Western translated versions (released in Sept., 2006) reportedly flopped pretty badly. Since its release, the English version has built up a cult-following.

The Yakuza series is often regarded as the spiritual successors to Sega's classic adventure game series, Shenmue. The first game was adapted in a feature film by internationally acclaimed Japanese director, Takashi Miike. A Japanese friend of mine says that not only is the film well made, but also it's also a pretty faithful adaptation.
Posted 7/29/08 , edited 8/1/08
"Takashi Miike's 'Django' Headed to Blu-ray
Fri Jul 18, 2008 at 09:00 AM ET
Tags: Disc Announcements, First Look (all tags)

First Look Studios has announced plans to bring Takashi Miike's acclaimed 'Sukiyaki Western: Django' to Blu-ray this November.

Part Western, part fantasy, part Kurosawa homage, 'Sukiyaki Western: Django' was a sensation in its native Japan and enjoyed an instant cult audience Stateside. Previously released on high-def as an overseas release only, First Look will bow the 'Django' on Blu-ray domestically on November 11 (day-and-date with the standard DVD).


No further specs or supplement details are available from First Look as of yet, but we'll keep you posted.

Suggested list price for the Blu-ray has been set at $34.95.

In the meantime, you'll find preliminary specs for 'Sukiyaki Western: Django' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under November 11."


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damn those blue-ray prices are expensive!
seriously fuck those
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I think he is a hetrosexual and abt pink shirt and stuffs like that
common everyone can wear it.
It's just our perception to look it in a gay manner.

I love him... I love his creation and new wave of movies.
Posted 8/26/08
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Takashi Miike's Crime Wave
By GRADY HENDRIX | August 26, 2008

For most New York film buffs, the Japanese director Takashi Miike "arrived" in August, 2001, when "Audition," his date-ending horror show, was greeted with raves in the press (Elvis Mitchell compared him with Yasujiro Ozu). Fans lined up around the block at Film Forum, only to walk out in droves as the movie's spring-loaded jaws clamped shut on their soft brains in its final 20 minutes. "Audition" was a patient, cruel film about a television executive who decides to hold casting sessions for a new girlfriend — a cinematic provocation that can still inspire one half of a screening room to throw its hands up and cheer while the other half just throws up.



Word at the time was that Mr. Miike was a prolific director, but no one was quite sure just how prolific he was. Since "Audition," he has directed close to 40 films, from the low-budget zombie/musical/hotel management/black comedy "Happiness of the Katakuris" to the glossy, big-budget, English-language spaghetti Western "Sukiyaki Western Django," which opens Friday (with Quentin Tarantino in a cameo role). But few people realize that by the time he made "Audition," Mr. Miike already had 32 feature films under his belt.

Today, Arts Magic presents eight of the best in the Takashi Miike Omnibus, an eight-disc DVD set.

Mr. Miike attended a film school founded by the radical 1960s filmmaker-turned-national-icon Shohei Imamura; his first film jobs were as Imamura's assistant director. As the home-video market boomed, many studios realized they could churn out straight-to-video flicks helmed by cut-rate assistant directors such as Mr. Miike. If the budgets were kept low and the schedules tight, the films were bound to make money. Between 1991 and 1995, Mr. Miike specialized in V-cinema (the moniker for Japan's direct-to-video industry), starting with "Lady Hunter," and he's never stopped, bouncing between television, V-cinema, and theatrical films to this day.

But the huge quantity of films he's made aside, the real question is: Are they any good? The Arts Magic omnibus scrapes the accumulated legend off the director and exposes the talent beneath the acclaim. Mr. Miike, 48, has long been known as a provocateur and a fanboy favorite, but the three movies that make up his loosely related Black Society Trilogy are the work of a socially committed, ferociously intelligent director — albeit one who still takes time out from raging against the machine for raunchy sex jokes and blunt-force trauma.

Because less than 2% of Japan's population is foreign-born, Mr. Miike frequently focuses his camera on characters who would never be more than background players in other Japanese crime movies. "Shinjuku Triad Society" (1995) is jam-packed with corrupt half-Chinese/half-Japanese cops who police Chinese gangs in Tokyo. On the one hand, the film plays into the Japanese stereotype of illegal immigrants as depraved criminals; but Mr. Miike makes it clear that it is Japan's racial paranoia that drove his subjects to the margins in the first place. "Rainy Dog" (1997) features the perennial Yakuza actor Sho Aikawa as a brooding Japanese hit man exiled to Taiwan who tries to take care of a son he doesn't remember fathering. The most technically accomplished of the Black Society Trilogy, "Ley Lines" (1999), centers on a group of half-Chinese/half-Japanese teens who head to Tokyo to seek their fortunes, but quickly discover that Japan has nothing but violence in store for those without pure blood.

Movies such as "Sabu" (2002), a made-for-television period flick, show Mr. Miike at his most hack-like, and while "Full Metal Yakuza" (1997) is a funny enough parody of "Robocop," with a cowardly Yakuza brought back from the dead as an unstoppable cyborg, one can almost feel his mind wandering as he directs it. But "Young Thugs — Nostalgia" (1998) epitomizes Mr. Miike's directorial development. It may not be considered a classic — thanks mostly to the vagaries of distribution — but it's Mr. Miike's favorite of his own films.

"Young Thugs — Nostalgia" is suffused with a wry evenhandedness that most directors only acquire after a lifetime of filmmaking, but which Mr. Miike projected before he turned 40. Dry-eyed, it tells the story of the coming of age of Riichi, a sixth grader in 1960s Osaka. His father is a thug, his family is poor, and when the new teacher visits his parents, she winds up watching his mother get abused by his father (Dad will pay for it later).

Full of schoolyard rumbles staged like Wild West showdowns, strange boyhood schemes, and surreal odes to masturbation, this is the core of Mr. Miike's aesthetic: a dysfunctional family unit that stays together out of necessity, and violence as the only way men know how to communicate. The director has added layers of talent and technical glitz to this formula since 1998, but 10 years later, "Young Thugs — Nostalgia" remains one of his most affecting works.

http://www.nysun.com/arts/takashi-miikes-crime-wave/84573/
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Miike is also working on a live action adaptation of manga, Takeru.

http://www.nipponcinema.com/blog/takashi-miike-directing-live-action-takeru/
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