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Takashi Miike’s ‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ Gets US Release

Takashi Miike's 'Yakuza Apocalypse' Gets US Release

Japanese provocateur Takashi Miike’s “Yakuza Apocalypse,” comedic vampire action thriller ode to martial arts movies, will be released by Samuel Goldwyn Films on October 9, 2015 after its North American premiere in the Midnight Madness section of Toronto in September. Here’s the synopsis:

In YAKUZA APOCALYPSE, fearsome Yakuza boss Kamiura is also a bloodsucking vampire. One day, men arrive from a competing clan and deliver him an ultimatum: Play nice or die. Kamiura refuses and, during a fierce battle, is torn limb from limb. With his dying breath, he passes on his vampire powers to his loyal lieutenant, Kageyama. His first order of business is to avenge his mentor, setting him on a collision course with the seemingly unstoppable foreign syndicate, and take his place as the new Yakuza boss.

The latest from the director of button-pushing films such as “Audition” and “Ichi the Killer” earned raves out of Cannes, where it premiered in Directors’ Fortnight.

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It’s directed by Miike from a screenplay by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi.  Film stars Hayato Ichihara, Yayan Ruhian (“The Raid” and “The Raid 2”) and Lily Franky. Film is produced by Yoshinori Chiba, Shinichiro Masuda, Shinjiro Nishimura and Misako Saka.

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