A new article I wrote for Sound on Sight.
One young person's musings on film, television, music, comics, and anything else.
Films I may be watching in the near future:
The City of Lost Souls
One Missed Call
Full Metal Yakuza
Crows Zero II
I think one of the worst things you could say about a Takashi Miike film is that it’s uninspired. Sadly, that word sums up pretty well some of his earliest movies, when he was a direct-to-video film maker churning out unmemorable Yakuza action flicks. I recently watched two of these, Bodyguard Kiba (1993), and its first sequel, Bodyguard Kiba: Apocalypse Carnage (1994). They are at their most entertaining during their competently - though a little unexciting - action sequences, which sort of fuse martial arts into their urban setting. Any attempts at characterizations fall completely flat. I got fed up with the poorly paced narrative and found myself waiting for the next fight. And this is some years before Miike developed his unique aesthetic.
Unfortunately, I do realize I have more films like this in my future, considering I plan to watch every Takashi Miike film available online. He’s one of my favourite film directors and I want to go through the good, the bad, and the ugly of his filmography.
Current Miike Progress: 26 films seen (out of 84ish)