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Zebraman 2: Attack On Zebra City Blu-ray Review

27 November 2011 9:03 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Just to prove that he's versatile, in case you hadn't been paying attention, Takashi Miike turns in a sequel to his beloved Zebraman that outstrips the craziness of the first film by a country mile. Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City is a blast!  It's a film that blows the doors off and proves that creativity is not dead. I never cease to be amazed with what Takashi Miike can do as his cache and budgets rise.  FUNimation's Blu-ray/DVD combo of Zebraman is a treat.  The disc features some excellent in-depth special features along with great image and sound quality.  If you love Takashi Miike, you want this set.Schoolteacher-turned-superhero Zebraman faces his greatest challenge yet when the evil pop-music-loving Zebra Queen and her sexy Zebra »

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Thanksgiveaway #1: Zebraman 2 Blu-ray/T-shirts From Funimation!

24 November 2011 6:30 PM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The fine folks over at FUNimation have partnered with your favorite film news site to bring you a really cool Zebraman 2 giveaway this Thanksgiving!  With Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City ready to hit store shelves next Tuesday, we are going to be giving away 5 prize packs consisting of one copy of the film on Blu-ray/DVD combo and one Zebraman 2 T-shirt!  All you have to do to enter is send me an email with "Zebraman Giveaway" in the subject line and your mailing address in the body.  Next Tuesday I'll pick five winners at random, it could be you! Straight from the delightfully-bent psyche of Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) comes a scandalous tale of good vs. evil!  The year is »

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Affd 2011: Zebraman 2: Attack On Zebra City Review

16 July 2011 1:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[Tonight's midnight (actually 11:15) selection for Affd is Takashi Miike's Zebraman 2.  Here we reprint Niels Matthijs' review from the archive.]Takashi Miike is back for another round of black and white Zebra fun. The first Zebraman was released in 2004 and marked Miike's first venture into the superhero genre, six years later he returns to build upon that legacy, more experienced and better armed. The result is enjoyable indeed, but not really a direct continuation of the Zebraman universe. Beware, this is a Miike sequel. Zebraman 2 isn't Miike's first sequel and it will definitely not be his last. It's always somewhat of a gamble how these sequels will turn out though. Sometimes they're simple and straight (Crows Zero), at other times there is hardly »

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Movie Review: 13 Assassins

26 May 2011 9:11 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Takashi Miike may be one of the hardest working directors working in cinema today. In the past ten years, the director has made more than fifty movies and T.V. movies. What is even more bizarre about the Japanese auteur is his choice of films. Eccentric, weird, gross, and unpredictable are just a few words that come to mind when thinking about Miike’s films. Audition, a story about an obsessive relationship gone painfully wrong, was the film that catapulted the director to notoriety in the States. Since then, the director has tackled straight-up “yakuza” films with the Dead or Alive trilogy, the power and danger of the media with Visitor Q, the wacky hijinks of a family in the zombie -musical The Happiness of the Katakuris, the day to day life of a superhero in Zebraman, and what many consider one of the goriest movies ever made … Ichi The Killer. »

- Michael Haffner

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Takashi Miike Adapting Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for Big Screen

24 May 2011 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

The eccentric Japanese director who is notorious for his bizarre and ultra violent work which consists of both Ichi The Killer and Audition is working on the family friendly big screen version of a Nintendo DS videogame. “It is a very light comedy that I am filming now, a court drama, based on a video game, the Nintendo game DS," said Takashi Miike. The filmmaker doesn't name Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney specifically but there are no other Nintendo DS titles about a lawyer with gameplay limited to the courtroom. Miike may seem like an odd choice to adapt this title, but it's a strange game and he's strange enough to tackle the adaptation. Miike may be great at making very adult oriented films but he's helmed family movies in the past too like Zebraman. Miike did mention that his »

- Keven Skinner

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Takashi Miike Filming Movie Version Of ‘Phoenix Wright’ Game Series

23 May 2011 6:57 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Takashi Miike is an interesting filmmaker for many, many reasons, one of which being his tendency to bounce from genre to genre. The same guy who could make something extremely graphic like Audition is also capable of turning out a family-friendly movie such as Zebraman. How he’s capable of this is a mystery to me (just like his ability to make projects at an astoundingly quick rate), but it’s something that he seems fond of doing. While his last movie, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, didn’t impress us at Cannes, he doesn’t seem affected by this, as he’s already at work on his next film.

That next project, however, is something I couldn’t have ever imagined him taking on. While speaking to The Huffington Post (via /Film), the Japanese filmmaker said that he’s currently filming a movie version of the popular video game series Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. »

- Nick Newman

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Helldriver (2010) Movie Review

8 May 2011 10:49 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Japanese production house Sushi Typhoon returns with more blood soaked insanity in “Helldriver”, directed by “Tokyo Gore Police” and “Vampire Girl vs. Frankenstein Girl” helmer Yoshihiro Nishimura. Given Nishimura’s past works and his background as a special effects wizard, it should come as no surprise to learn that the film is a gibbering gore-fest which basically plays out like one crazed set piece and sees him constantly trying to one-up himself. The film reunites the director with striking “Tokyo Gore Police” actress Eihi Shiina (who made a lasting impression on audiences in Takashi Miike’s “Audition”), with Yumiko Hara in the lead and support from the likes of Yurei Yanagi (“Gothic & Lolita Psycho”), Kazuki Namioka (“Zebraman 2”) and Kentaro Kishi (“RoboGeisha”), plus the usual cameos from several of the Sushi Typhoon gang. The film doesn’t have a plot, so much as a setup, taking place in a Japan which »

- James Mudge

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U.S. Trailer for Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins

27 March 2011 10:17 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

No one does bloodletting better than Takashi Miike, the man behind bloody stunners like “Audition” and “Ichi the Killer”, family fare like the “Zebraman” movies, and horror offerings like “One Missed Call”. The eclectic and prolific Japanese director’s latest film to reach Stateside theaters is the period Samurai action flick “13 Assassins”. If you’re a fan of Miike and his brand of mayhem, or just insanely cool Samurai action in general, then you’ve probably already seen the film in various festivals around the country. If not, Magnet Releasing is putting the film out on April 29, 2011. I suspect limited release, which probably means you’ll be able to also catch this on VOD. Check out the U.S. trailer for the film below. Cult director Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era in which a »

- Nix

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13 Assassins Review

25 March 2011 10:50 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

[Our thanks to Joshua Chaplinsky for the following review.]13 Assassins will be available on VOD in North America starting today, March 25th and opens in select U.S. cities starting on April 29th. To quote another review of mine, "it's been ten years since Japanese maverick Takashi Miike took America by quiet storm with a vicious little gut-punch called Audition." That film made me a Miike fan for life, no matter how many One Missed Call's or V-cinema duds he's cranked out since. So when the opportunity arose to interview the prolific director on his upcoming press tour, I pounced like a cornered Zebraman. Unfortunately, due to the current crisis in Japan, Miike has understandably canceled his trip to the Us, and my interview has been »

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Zebraman 2 Review

10 March 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Takashi Miike is back for another round of black and white Zebra fun. The first Zebraman was released in 2004 and marked Miike's first venture into the superhero genre, six years later he returns to build upon that legacy, more experienced and better armed. The result is enjoyable indeed, but not really a direct continuation of the Zebraman universe. Beware, this is a Miike sequel. Zebraman 2 isn't Miike's first sequel and it will definitely not be his last. It's always somewhat of a gamble how these sequels will turn out though. Sometimes they're simple and straight (Crows Zero), at other times there is hardly a connection between the films (think the Dead or Alive trilogy). Others are just 2-part films that should be watched »

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Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City (2010) Movie Review

4 March 2011 12:51 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

I suppose I should start by saying that “Zebraman” was one of my first post-”AuditionTakashi Miike experiences, and to this day remains one of my absolute favorites. In addition to the all lunacy, the outrageousness, and the admittedly low-budget thrills, the film carries with it a certain amount of charm and heart, two elements that are rarely present in the director’s body of work. It’s a very simple, very childlike motion picture, and the sense of nostalgia that it evokes is impressive given the somewhat garish nature of the material. That having been said, I honestly didn’t think the movie needed a sequel. The idea of another installment was certainly enticing, but I remained extremely skeptical of which direction Miike and company would ultimately take their characters. “Zebraman 2: Attack on Zebra City” is a different beast altogether. The set pieces are bigger, the villains are meaner, »

- Todd Rigney

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