Interview: Masaaki Yuasa on ‘Lu Over the Wall’

Masaaki Yuasa’s background in animation goes back decades, but he’s probably best known to international audiences for his debut feature as a director, 2004’s Mind Game: a psychedelic trip of a movie that incorporates life, death, sex and yakuza feuds into one mind-bending package. Yuasa has mostly directed TV series, shorts or contributions to anthology movies… Read More Interview: Masaaki Yuasa on ‘Lu Over the Wall’

Interview: Takashi Miike on ‘Blade of the Immortal’

“I’m a very lazy person by nature,” director Takashi Miike tells us. Were one to assess laziness on a spectrum, the act of having completed a film of any kind would, we feel, denote a distinct lack of lethargy. So it seems especially strange to hear this character assessment from an individual who’s due to… Read More Interview: Takashi Miike on ‘Blade of the Immortal’

Review: Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike, 2017)

Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike reaches 100 films to his name with Blade of the Immortal, a characteristically blood-soaked adaptation of a long-running manga by Hiroaki Samura. Pop star turned actor Takuya Kimura plays Manji, a samurai cursed with immortality following a near-death experience in a brutal battle – any life-threatening injuries he sustains, any limbs lost, will… Read More Review: Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike, 2017)