Takashi Miike is a prolific Japanese director. Miike is known for directing multiple projects, whether for the cinema, television, or straight to DVD, simultaneously.
Takashi Miike made his debut as a director in 1991. In the twenty years since his career commenced, he has directed over seventy productions on various platforms. Miike is not only known for producing a large quantity of projects, but also he is known for producing high quality projects in various genres. He has directed films such as 13 Assassins and Ichi the Killer, well known for their violence. He has also directed films such as Sukiyaki Western Django, a western. Miike has produced horror films, action thrillers, romances, and gangster (yakuza) films. He prides himself on producing work and expanding his creative capacity. Takashi Miike has made a name for himself in the global film industry as a director, but also as an actor and producer. At this time, he is the Japanese director whom has directed the most films in his lifetime. His work is often serious, but there is always an element of humor and comedy in his work. Critics describe his sense of humor as dark. There are often scenes of graphic violence and explicit sexual activities in his films.
These kinds of scenes are exaggerated in how they are shot and from the perspectives or contexts within which the audience is asked to understand them. Miike's work, though highly respected by critics, artists, and fans, has been banned and censored in some parts of the world. It is part of Miike's artistic strategy to push the boundaries of censorship and propriety; that is, though he has a central message he intends to communicate, he also intentionally tries to get censored. What a culture chooses to censor reveals elements of that culture. Despite the occasional controversies, Takashi Miike's talent has enabled him to travel the world and expose global audiences to his films. His films are often chosen as part of the most elite and most renowned film festivals and film competitions the world has to offer. In many instances, his entries are officially recognized and awarded. Several books have been written about his work, his style, his approach, and his general film philosophy. In many film departments at higher institutions around the world, his work is a part of the canon of great filmmakers from Japan, and in his generation.
Takashi Miike is a prolific Japanese director who continues to have the energy to push himself and his peers to new creative heights. In several interviews, he has mentioned his interest in directing and producing films in every genre imaginable. He also mentions that no matter how many films he has made, there is even still a plethora of films to be made. He strives to make films every year of his life. Though the subject matter of his films can be provocative, Miike is an articulate, humble, and thoughtful man who is simply interested in developing his craft and enjoying his work.