Tag Archive: Takashi Miike

Picks from the 2015 NZ International Film Festival programme

Grab your highlighters, folks: the New Zealand International Film Festival’s 2015 Auckland programme has been unveiled. Opening in bold style with Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster and closing in tears with Australian drama Holding the Man, this year’s festival looks as relevant as ever. Cinephiles can rejoice over the inclusion of 17 exciting titles direct from the Cannes Film Festival, which despite the …

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Win Takashi Miike’s ACE ATTORNEY on DVD

Following a pair of respectable and rather reserved samurai dramas — 2010’s 13 Assassins and 2011’s Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai — the latest film to hit our shores from prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike is the courtroom drama Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban). Adapted from the Capcom video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — which ought to be enough to tell …

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WCS 2012 Reviews: CORIOLANUS, ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA & HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI 3D

After getting off to a strong start last week, the World Cinema Showcase kicked it up a notch in Auckland over the past weekend with a terrific selection of foreign films. I caught Ralph Fiennes’ modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus on Saturday, followed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Turkish drama Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and Takashi Miike’s Harakiri remake Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D on Sunday, …

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[Review] 13 ASSASSINS (NZFF)

13 Assassins is the latest release from Japan’s most prolific director, Takashi Miike, who is responsible for countless film festival favourites including Audition, Ichi the Killer and Sukiyaki Western Django. What may surprise some about 13 Assassins is the relative lack of gore that Miike is best known for, but this shouldn’t come as too much of …

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