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  1. 1. Ichi the Killer trailer
  2. 2. Takashi Miike
  3. 3. Takashi Miike: Does he retain his auteur status after transcending the East/West divide?
  4. 4. Things to consider in Miike’s films <ul><li>Themes: “Family”, “The Outsider” and “Order” </li></ul><ul><li>Depiction of violence (Ichi the Killer) </li></ul><ul><li>Chakushin Ari and One Missed Call </li></ul><ul><li>Auteur status and Japan </li></ul><ul><li>Auteur status and the West/Hollywood </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul><ul><li>Glossary </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Themes: </li></ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul>
  6. 6. Audition
  7. 7. Chakushin Ari
  8. 8. Themes: The Outsider
  9. 9. Ichi the Killer
  10. 10. Audition
  11. 11. Themes: Order
  12. 12. Ichi the Killer
  13. 13. Chakushin Ari
  14. 14. Depictions of violence (Ichi the Killer) “ultra controversial piece of manga mayhem” – Medusa Pictures
  15. 15. Depictions of violence towards men <ul><li>Violence is more graphic and depicted on screen </li></ul><ul><li>Mes suggests that: “Violence against men in the falls into the comical category” </li></ul><ul><li>Mes, violence and audience response </li></ul>
  16. 16. Film stills depicting violence towards men Kakihara (r), torturing Suzuka to find out who killed his boss “ Just a little torture” Ichi slicing in half a pimp
  17. 17. Depictions of violence towards women <ul><li>More realism in the violence </li></ul><ul><li>Is it misogynistic? </li></ul><ul><li>Mes, violence and the audience </li></ul><ul><li>Representations of victims </li></ul><ul><li>How violence is shown on screen </li></ul>
  18. 18. Film stills depicting violence towards women Nipple slicing scene
  19. 19. Hollywood and Eastern cinema: Differences in film violence <ul><li>Hollywood </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on the psychological </li></ul><ul><li>B and “slasher” films home to non-stop violence </li></ul><ul><li>Extreme violence limited to films considered “arthouse” </li></ul><ul><li>Repercussions shown on-screen </li></ul><ul><li>Hollywood audiences – participating/active audience </li></ul><ul><li>Eastern </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on the physical </li></ul><ul><li>Audience reaction </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on physical suffering </li></ul><ul><li>“ Dove style” violence </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on consequences </li></ul><ul><li>Japanese audiences – voyeur audience </li></ul>
  20. 20. Chakushin Ari and One Missed Call
  21. 21. Chakushin Ari
  22. 22. One Missed Call
  23. 23. Chakushin Ari and One Missed Call: Similarities <ul><li>Child abuse/Munchausen by Proxy </li></ul><ul><li>Ringtone and relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Urban legend/myth </li></ul><ul><li>Vengeance/revenge </li></ul><ul><li>Exorcism TV show </li></ul><ul><li>Asthma attack </li></ul><ul><li>Abandonment </li></ul>
  24. 24. Chakushin Ari and One Missed Call: Differences <ul><li>Deaths: Methodology, number and timing </li></ul><ul><li>Visual hallucinations </li></ul><ul><li>Main character and family </li></ul><ul><li>The cop (Yamashita/Jack) </li></ul><ul><li>Opening sequences </li></ul>
  25. 25. Auteur status
  26. 26. <ul><li>Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Work in S-T-V/V-Cinema </li></ul><ul><li>Other work/roles </li></ul><ul><li>Other work – Hostel and “Masters Of Horror” </li></ul><ul><li>Awards – Film Festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Cult status – releases/acclaim/popularity </li></ul>
  27. 27. <ul><li>Other work – Hostel and “Masters Of Horror” </li></ul><ul><li>Awards – Film Festivals </li></ul><ul><li>Cult status – releases/acclaim/popularity </li></ul>
  28. 28. Conclusion (Can I answer my question?)
  29. 29. Glossary <ul><li>Yakuza – Japanese mafia, still found today in Japan. Loyalty to own Yakuza clan vital, infringement is punishable by injury or death </li></ul><ul><li>Dove style violence – Popular in contemporary Japanese filmmaking, where people abuse each other with a detached cruelty </li></ul><ul><li>Tom Mes – Midnight Eye website editor and critic of Japanese cinema, with an interest in Takashi Miike, his films and themes </li></ul><ul><li>Munchausen’s by Proxy – The exaggeration or fabrication of illnesses or symptoms by a primary caregiver </li></ul>
  30. 30. <ul><li>“ I’m happy that my films were discovered by chance by foreign film festivals. That makes me realise more that there is a world outside Japan too. </li></ul><ul><li>“ For me, it’s an occasion to meet many people and experience directly the responses of international audiences to my films. </li></ul><ul><li>“ But for me, as a director, my attitude towards making films hasn’t changed with the fame </li></ul><ul><li>“ I feel it’s not good to change as a person anyway” </li></ul><ul><li>(Takashi Miike) </li></ul>