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Takashi Miike: Dead or Alive

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This year Takashi Miike made his 100th film—and we interviewed him about it at the Cannes Film Festival. This season, we’ll honor the maverick director by showing some of our favorites from his epic oeuvre, including his Dead or Alive trilogy that helped make a name for the director and his go-for-broke style.

Dead or Alive

Takashi Miike Japan, 1999

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Only last month we celebrated the gonzo cinema of Takashi Miike, and yet we can’t help but return to his world of violence, masculinity, and pop surrealism with one of his finest achievements: the Dead or Alive trilogy. This first film is a dazzling spectacle culminating to a truly singular ending.

Dead or Alive 2: Birds

Takashi Miike Japan, 2000

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This requisite spiritual sequel to Miike’s apocalypse composes itself in a unique bifurcated structure of dark violence and evocative meditations of the past. Dead or Alive 2 throws out the gangster picture rulebook, and creates a new poetic surrealism for its bullet ballet. Takashi Miike forever.

Dead or Alive: Final

Takashi Miike Japan, 2002

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Takashi Miike heightens the inventive splendor of his gangster trilogy Dead or Alive uncannily into the realm of sci-fi with this apocalyptic finale. Androids, exoskeletons, and super powers abound into this kinetic audio-visual tapestry of ceaseless action. In others words: another Miike classic.

Ley Lines

Takashi Miike Japan, 1999

Our Takashi Miike retrospective continues with the conclusion to his Black Society Trilogy, which tackles intercultural relations between Japan and China. With Ley Lines, Miike admirably pushes his buoyant style and subversive politics as far as they can go inside the form of a youthful crime film.

Rainy Dog

Takashi Miike Japan, 1997

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We continue to pay tribute to Takashi Miike’s inexhaustible ingenuity with this early gangster picture of his. Set in a Taiwan drowned by rain, Miike’s watershed themes of family and cultural displacement mutually drive the action to uncanny heights. A key film from an expansive oeuvre.

Shinjuku Triad Society

Takashi Miike Japan, 1995

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Takashi Miike: Dead or
Alive

This year Takashi Miike made his 100th film—and we interviewed him about it. This season we’ll honor the maverick director by showing some of our favorites from his epic oeuvre, beginning with the prodigious direct-to-video filmmaker’s first proper movie for cinemas, a gonzo genre paean to outcasts.

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