Takashi Miike is the man. With Ichi the Killer, he taught me what you could really do with film. He is sick, twisted, talented, and just right. And while he is sometimes described as a “hired gun” of a director as if it’s a dirty word, let me set you straight. He is one of the most brilliant prolific directors in the history of film. He has directed over seventy theatrical, video, and television productions since his debut in 1991. In the years 2001 and 2002 alone, Miike is credited with directing fifteen productions.
Hiring him is more like pulling a Gatling gun out of your utility belt then a Swiss army knife. He hasn’t hit a home run every film and 13 Assassins looks a little more serious and dramatic then some of his seriously twisted past work, but if you know Miike you know you never discount him. After all, it’s Miike.