Anyone who knows anything about modern Japanese cinema will tell you that no one makes as interesting a film as Takashi Miike. One of the originators of the wave of sex and violence-crammed titles commonly referred to as “Asian Extreme,” Miike made his mark on the worldwide stage due to such films as Audition, Ichi The Killer, Izo, Visitor Q, and the new 13 Assassins.
Miike’s praises have been sung by the likes of Quentin Tarantino (who appeared in Miike’s Sukiyaki Western Django) and Eli Roth (who cast the non-English-speaking director in Hostel). In Japan Miike is something of a modern legend known for his films which feature themes and characters that exhibit a strong sense of childhood nostalgia as well as a glorification of friendship and traditional family units both normal and perverse. What impresses one most about Miike, though, is not only how creative his films are but their scope and how he is able to effortlessly jump from genre to genre.
On March 16th through the 20th, The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema in New York City present a 13-film series from the man himself. What makes this series even more noteworthy is that Miike will be in attendance on Thursday, March 17th, introducing his new film, 13 Assassins, and then doing a post-screening Q&A. The director will be appearing at several other screenings as well.
The screening schedule of films is nothing short of magnificent:
Wednesday, March 16
Thursday, March 17
2:15 The City of Lost Souls
4:30 Shinjuku Triad Society
7:00 13 Assassins
10:00 Fudoh: The New Generation
Friday, March 18
1:00 Ley Lines
6:00 The Bird People In China
8:40 Ichi The Killer
Saturday, March 19
6:15 The City of Lost Souls
Sunday, March 20
2:00 The Great Yokai War
6:45 Ley Lines
8:50 Crows Zero II
For more information check the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s website.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center is located at 165 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023.
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