Takashi Miike has two movies in the can, because, of course he does. The relentless Japanese director can’t sit still, and he’s got a pair of films ready for our eyeballs in 2015. The genre-hopper has made a duo of pictures that couldn’t be more different.
Let’s start with “Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld,” which is probably the one most fans are waiting for. It’s another gangland pic from Miike, but with a twist. The story focuses on Akira, who enters the crime world, attracted by its lifestyle. But he becomes disappointed when he discovers it’s not like in the movies, and oh yeah, the most powerful yakuza of them all just happens to be a vampire.
Next is “Lion Standing Against The Wind,” which is based off of a book, which in turn was based off of a song. Anyway, it tells the story of a doctor who goes to work in Kenya and, judging from the trailer, has a life-changing, heart-warming, golden-sunshiney experience.
‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ opens in Japan on June 20th, with ‘Lion’ coming first on March 14th. No stateside dates yet for these two.