There are movies, there are cult movies, and then there are the films of Takashi Miike. The Japanese auteur hasn’t known a genre he didn’t like, and across his diverse filmography is everything from video game adaptations to comedies to dramas to procedurals. But his claim to fame, at least stateside, are his wild genre bending crime flicks, and at 55-years-old, he’s not still just pushing the envelope, but ripping it up completely.
Case in point: “Yakuza Apocalypse.” Starring Hayato Ichihara, Lily Franky, Yayan Ruhian, and Den Den, the film follows a young yakuza member who is granted a gift from his dying gangland boss: the powers of a vampire. He’s then tasked to take down the foreign syndicate which left his boss for dead. In this exclusive clip, you’ll get a taste of the movie Jessica called “a pure blast of pop pleasure” in Cannes.
“Yakuza Apocalypse” opens on October 9th.