Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. Together they take a break from killing and visit the small island they once called home. After reflecting on their past lives they decided to team up and use their talents in killing for good… much to the upset of the crime syndicates. —IMDb
A highly prolific and controversial Japanese filmmaker, Takashi MIIKE was born on August 24, 1960 in Yao, Osaka, Japan. Under the guidance of renowned filmmaker Shohei IMAMURA (a two-time Palme d’Or winner at Cannes), Miike graduated from the Yokohama Vocational School of Broadcast and Film.
Miike’s first films were television productions, but he also began directing several high-quality direct-to-video releases. His theatrical debut came in 1995 with Shinjuku Triad Society, and its success gave him the freedom to work on more ambitious projects. One of the most successful Japanese directors currently working, he has also garnered a strong cult following in the West that is growing rapidly as more of his films become available in translated form on DVD.
Some of Miike’s most popular films include Audition, the Dead or Alive trilogy, Ichi the Killer, Gozu, Izo, and Big Bang Love, Juvenile A.
Miike has achieved international notoriety for depicting shocking scenes… read more
Another of Miike's very recurrent themes: nostalgia and childhood. The characters revisit their past to understan themselves better in the present. All shot with a dreamlike atmosphere, subtle and always paying attention to the characters. Many consider this one of Miike's best, and it's hard to argue against that. Aikawa and Takeuchi are in top form, not to mention Shinya Tsukamoto and Kenichi Endo.
If you survived DEAD OR ALIVE and Takashi Miike's bad taste, you may appreciate DEAD OR ALIVE 2: THE BIRDS and its melancholic and pastoral atmosphere. Or you may not. Because the last third of the film will remind you that the director knows how to offend the sensibility of the common viewer. It's a little bit vacuous at times but nevertheless interesting if you're a curious movie lover.
Takashi Miike's Dead or Alive 2: Birds (2000) alternates between ultraviolent scenes of yakuza war and a tender story set around a country