Revealed to the world with the shocking Audition, Takashi Miike has directed over 50 films in the space of 11 years. Films like Dead or Alive, The City of Lost. Fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling guide to Japan’s most prolific and successful film director Takashi Miike. This third pressing ofAgitator. : Agitator: The Cinema Of Takashi Miike () by Tom Mes and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books.

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Aug 10, Pete rated it really liked it. A bit dated now considering Miike’s career is still going full pelt ahead, and misses out in particular in Miike’s rise in popularity in the Western audience assisted by Quentin Tarantino.

Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike

For anyone who has ever tried explaining the appeal of Takeshi Miike’s films to someone who hasn’t seen any of them, I understand if you wondered: Sausageclaire rated it it was amazing May 29, Chapter 8 – Filmography A complete filmography with cast and crew credits, running times, Japanese titles, release info and more. This book by Tom Mes who also wrote the excellent Iron Man: It’s one thing wanting to write a book, but you really need the support from the film industry, especially with a director who has worked for so many different production companies over the years.

Fairly exhaustive overview of Japanese bad boy director Takashi Miike. To ask other readers questions about Agitatorplease sign up. I then spent the entire summer and most of the fall of watching all the films again and writing the book. What is your favourite Takashi Miike film, and why? Mar 12, Balls Montgomery rated it liked it.


Agitator: the cinema of Takashi Miike – Tom Mes, Shin╩╝ya Tsukamoto – Google Books

It’s takasih everyday you find a thorough, well-written book on any filmmaker, especially not divisive cult-horror directors, so these books are a rare treat.

Then when I saw Audition a few days later, there was no way back. His film oeuvre literally spans the entire rainbow from extreme psychological bloodbaths to historical dramas to candy-coloured, cartoonish family films.

He is the founder and editor of MidnightEye. The actual writing took taksahi months. He’s a very calm, friendly, down-to-earth person, who is a great conversationalist with an intriguing, almost philosophical outlook on life and his own work.

And what were your first impressions of the filmmaker’s work? While it’s packed with tons of good information and insights from the filmmaker himself, the comprehensive overview and analysis of Miike’s films spends too much time on their similarities. A agitatot passion project, you can almost feel Tom falling more and more in love Miike as the book goes on.

The more you watch it, the better it becomes. Michael Dickinson rated it really liked it Sep 10, Lists with This Book. A complete filmography with cast and crew credits, running times, Japanese titles, release info and more. He also regularly contributes audio commentaries and liner notes to DVD releases of Japanese films worldwide.

Both filmographies, however, are of exceptional quality and totally unexpected.


Once I managed to get a handle on exactly what those themes were and how they interacted, and once I realised that I’d never heard or read anything about that aspect of his work, the decision was made pretty quickly.

Books by Tom Mes. My personal favourites of the few I’ve watched are the ones in-between, that are neither pure over-the-top taboo nor completely sombre. Benji rated it it was amazing Mar 23, Dave rated it it was ok Jan 16, Aug 31, Jason Coffman rated it really liked it. This edition features a new and expanded colour section, completely updated DVD information, and several brand new reviews of Takashi Miike films that were unavailable for coverage at the time of the book’s initial production.

FAB seemed to be very dedicated to publishing quality writing on filmmakers that the majority of publishers would ignore. I just found his sexually perverse insanity quite endearing.

Mes also contributed to the anthology The Cinema of Japan and Korea. Mailing list Stay up to date with the latest and best in Japanese cinema. Would absolutely love tbe follow up to this a true follow up that is that explores every film since the publication of this book over 10 years ago.