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‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ DVD Review

Stars: Yayan Ruhian, Rirî Furankî, Hayato Ichihara, Mio Yûki, Pierre Taki, Denden, Tetsu Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Riko Narumi, Reiko Takashima, Lily Frankie, Masanori Mimoto, Shô Aoyagi, Manzô Shinra, Kiyohiko Shibukawa | Written by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi | Directed by Takashi Miike

I’m not sure if it’s from watching Battles Without Honour and Humanity or my love of the Crows Zero movies that did it, but I have to admit that I was very excited about Takashi Miike’s Yakuza Apocalypse. Now that I’ve seen it, I may be a little confused but I’ll also admit to being in love with the insane little film.

Yakuza Apocalypse focuses on the story of Kageyama, a Yakuza who is ridiculed for his lack of signature tattoos down to his sensitive skin. When he witnesses the defeat of his former boss, whose decapitated head in turn bites him turning him into a vampire he turns into a vampire.
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DVD Review – Yakuza Apocalypse (2015)

Yakuza Apocalypse, 2015.

Directed by Takashi Miike.

Starring Denden, Lily Franky, Hayato Ichihara, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Masanori Mimoto, Riko Narumi, Yayan Ruhian, and Raiko Takashima.

Synopsis:

A Yakuza Vampire boss is betrayed by members of his clan, and is consequently killed; the duty befalls onto his most loyal protégé to take revenge, and to comply with the vampiric-lore.

Bursting from the opening shot there unfolds a gory bloodbath of torsos slashed violently by the vampiric crime lord himself Kamiura (Lily Frankie). Once the massacre has ceased, the film may separate the audience into two camps: aficionados of Miike’s oeuvre will highly appreciate this introduction, and newcomers may be stunned in paralysis, uncertain if they picked up the right Blu-ray. Those in the latter camp needn’t fret, for the film does calm down for a bit afterwards.

Kageyama (Hayato Ichihara) admires the Yakuza lifestyle, and is convinced this will grant him the pathway to manhood.
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‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ Review

Stars: Yayan Ruhian, Rirî Furankî, Hayato Ichihara, Mio Yûki, Pierre Taki, Denden, Tetsu Watanabe, Yoshiyuki Morishita, Riko Narumi, Reiko Takashima, Lily Frankie, Masanori Mimoto, Shô Aoyagi, Manzô Shinra, Kiyohiko Shibukawa | Written by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi | Directed by Takashi Miike

When considering the work of a director who often makes up to six or seven films a year, you might be forgiven for assuming that most of these would be low-key, simple productions focusing on small sets of characters. Not so in the case of Takashi Miike, the filmmaker behind such eyebrow-raising fare as the ultraviolent Ichi The Killer, zombie musical comedy The Happiness of the Katakuris and contemplative drama The Bird People in China. Never one to shirk an ambitious project for the sake of an easy life, Miike’s latest film sees him on world-ending form with Yakuza Apocalypse.

Kageyama is a low-level Yakuza thug bullied by his fellow gangsters
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Trailer for omnibus comedy film "Sabi Otoko Sabi Onna"

The official website for the upcoming omnibus comedy film Sabi Otoko Sabi Onna has been updated with a low-res trailer. “Sabi” is a Japanese word for the refrain of a song, so the title refers to a theme of stories about unique men and women thrown into unconventional situations without any of the usual build up.

“Fine, Totally Fine” director Yosuke Fujita’s segment is called Hagemashi Girls and stars Nanami Sakuraba as Chiharu, a college student who lives to support others. She forms a group called “Hagemashi Girls” with classmates Mamiko (Kumiko Shiratori) and Sanae (Emiko Kawamura), and together they spend all of their time singing and dancing to encourage people. However, when they’re tapped to cheer on a slumping baseball player, their well-meaning hobby begins to backfire in unexpected ways.

From “Happy Darts” director Tomoko Matsunashi comes Boy? meets girl. Aoi Nakamura (Beck) stars as a shy
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Time for a new haircut: Yoshino's Barber Shop Review

Not too long ago I watched Kamome Diner, a pleasant little film made by female director Naoko Ogigami. I was pretty taken with that film and it sparked enough interest to seek out more of her work. First in line was her feature length debut, Yoshino's Barber Shop, a sweet-looking comedy featuring the down-tempo atmosphere of the Japanese countryside. Lucky for me it proved to be every bit as good as expected.

Some directors are able dazzle you with their talent and completely screw up the next film, others produce a constant stream of quality work without ever blowing any fuses. Even though it's a little early to make a definite judgment, Ogigami seems to fall into the latter category. She doesn't really give me the impression that she can create a true masterpiece, on the other hand I won't expect to see anything less than great coming from her.
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Yoshiyuki Morishita is ready for his extreme close-up, Mr. deMille!

And now for a Twitch-o-Meter which is slightly different.

Watching a Japanese film at my leisure last week, I was suddenly disturbed by the appearance of a supporting character which I've seen pop up all over the place. It's a skinny little guy with incredibly bad teeth, and he is always used for comic effect. Or so I thought...

Looking him up in IMDb I discovered his name is Yoshiyuki Morishita and his filmography is astounding. I apparently have seen scores and scores of films with him in it! Well, in some of those he probably wasn't using his trademark moronic "graveyard" grin otherwise I'd have remembered him even better.

So once again I'm going to use a turn in the Twitch-o-Meter to do a gallery of 5 close-ups of one of my ehm... most ubiquitous thespians. Guess which 5 movies they're from.

No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to
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