Ichi the Killer – Takashi Miike

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Ichi the Killer

Takashi Miike

Genre: Thriller

Price: $ 7.99

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Release Date: November 10, 2017


Takashi Miike's ICHI THE KILLER has endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades, and now it returns in a stunning all-new digitally restored special edition approved by Miike himself.

© © 2001 Hideo Yamamoto / Shogakukan / "Ichi The Killer" Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.

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First Love – Takashi Miike

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First Love

Takashi Miike

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 14.99

Rental Price: $ 4.99

Release Date: September 27, 2019


The film is the prolific auteur, Takashi Miike, at his most fun and anarchic, a noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo.

© © 2019 FIRST LOVE Production Committee

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The Grudge 2 – Takashi Shimizu

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The Grudge 2

Takashi Shimizu

Genre: Horror

Price: $ 7.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: October 13, 2006


Acclaimed producers Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Taka Ichise have re-teamed with director Takashi Shimizu and screenwriter Stephen Susco to present this heart-stopping sequel to the smash-hit thriller, The Grudge. When Aubrey Davis (Amber Tamblyn, TV's "Joan of Arcadia") learns her sister Karen (Sarah Michelle Geller) has been hospitalized, she immediately flies to Tokyo. Once there, she learns her sister's horrifying story and discovers that the fatal supernatural curse has been unleashed. Now, as the grudge spreads across the world, a new host of unsuspecting victims are about to become infected by the force that can't be stopped — and won't be killed.

© © 2006 GHP 4 – Grudge 2, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Blade of the Immortal – Takashi Miike

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Blade of the Immortal

Takashi Miike

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 7.99

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Release Date: November 3, 2017


Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to protect a young girl named Rin and help her avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine…the 100th film by master director Takashi Miike.

© © Hiroaki Samura/Kodansha 2017 “Blade of the Immortal” Film Partners

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Audition – Takashi Miike

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Audition

Takashi Miike

Genre: Horror

Price: $ 3.99

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Release Date: October 2, 1999


One of the most notorious J-horror films ever made, Takashi Miike’s Audition exploded onto the festival circuit at the turn of the century to a chorus of awards and praise. The film would catapult Miike to the international scene and pave the way for such other genre delights as Ichii the Killer and The Happiness of the Katakuris. Recent widower Shigharu Aoyama is advised by his son to find a new wife, agreeing Shigeharu seeks the advice of a colleague having been out of the dating scene for many years. Taking advantage of their position as a film company they stage an audition. Interviewing a series of women, Shigeharu becomes enchanted by Asami, a quiet, 24-year-old woman, who is immediately responsive to his charms. But soon things take a very dark and twisted turn as we find that Asami isn’t what she seems to be… Pulling the audience into a story that will lead to one of the most harrowing climaxes in cinema history, Miike twists and turns us through delirious editing and shocking visuals for one of the most depraved nightmares of all time!

© © 2016 Arrow Video

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Still – Takashi Doscher

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Still

Takashi Doscher

Genre: Thriller

Price: $ 12.99

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Release Date: January 8, 2019


Sick and lost, Lily (Madeline Brewer) collapses at the doorstep of Adam (Nick Blood) and Ella (Lydia Wilson) who operate a secret distillery in the middle of Appalachia. As Lily recovers, she begins to notice strange things about her new caretakers. Despite their youthful appearances, everything they own is decades old. Although they live on a beautiful farm, there are no livestock or crops. Most alarming, however, is that there appears to be a great emotional rift between them. As Lily delves deeper into their lives, she will soon be caught in the middle of their conflict and come to discover the powerful secret they have been hiding for years.

© © 2018 MSS FILM, LLC

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Takashi Murakami, Virgil Abloh and ‘America Too’ at Gagosian Beverly Hills

The line was half a block long, not an unusual occurrence at Gagosian Beverly Hills, but certainly one that hasn’t happened since its Oscar week opening featuring Damien Hirst in February. Wednesday night’s opening of “America Too,” the third collaboration between Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh, drew a small army of fans, most of them young and several of them famous.
Travis Scott, Kourtney Kardashian, Usher, Kid Cudi, Orlando Bloom and Luka Sabbat were spotted in the crowd, which was sizable inside, though nothing compared with the orderly throng outside. They were let in a handful at a time, making it possible for as many fans to take in the event as possible.
Many of the artworks themselves, in a variety of media, were also oversize, including the giant “Material Too,” a take on the American flag, that hung in the center of the North Gallery. It was probably also the biggest number of iPhones seen at an art opening, as young fans excitedly Instagrammed themselves in front of the colorful works, including Murakami’s iconic rainbow flower, onto which the signature arrows of Abloh’s Off-White label were overlaid, or “Arrows and Flower Neon Sign” and a rotating piece that blinked like a

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Yakuza Apocalypse – Takashi Miike

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Yakuza Apocalypse

Takashi Miike

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 12.99

Rental Price: $ 6.99

Release Date: October 9, 2015


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.

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Takashi Murakami to Design Lift Tickets for Aspen Skiing Company

Louis Vuitton revealed this summer it will bid good-bye to Takashi Murakami, but the artist’s work will be all over Aspen this winter.
In a first for the artist, Murakami has designed a technicolor ski lift ticket for Aspen Skiing Company. For those whose wintery pursuits are more après-ski than back country, lift tickets are what skiers and snowboarders must wear and have scanned each time they take a run. Many weekend warriors — and day-trippers — tend to keep them on their jackets well past the expiration date. When they are unveiled in mid-October, the Murakami designs are meant to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Aspen Skiing Company’s collaboration with the Aspen Art Museum, which puts art in unexpected places. Last season, artist Teresita Fernández created a site-specific wall drawing at ASC’s Elk Camp restaurant and Anne Collier created the limited-edition lift tickets. (New Yorkers may have seen an installation by Fernández in Madison Square Park. ASC consists of four resorts — Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Butternilk.
The Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum is a non-collecting institution that presents international contemporary art, as well as immersive activities, public programs and community events. In February, the museum previewed “Jellyfish Eyes,” the

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Jellyfish Eyes – Takashi Murakami

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Jellyfish Eyes

Takashi Murakami

Genre: Independent

Price: $ 19.99

Rental Price: $ 3.99

Release Date: April 8, 2013


The directorial debut from accalimed artist Takashi Murakami, Jellyfish Eyes brings its creator’s endless imagination to the screen in a tale of family, friendship, and loyalty set in a world of fantasy that only Murakami could conjure. Having moved to the country with his mother following the death of his father, young Masashi (Takuto Sueoka) immediately makes a most unlikely friend: a flying, jellyfish-like sprite that he nicknames Kurage-bo. Taking Kurage-bo under his wing and into the classroom, Masashi soon discovers that his schoolmates have similar friends – and that they, their creators, and the town itself are not all they seem to be. Pointedly set in a post-Fukushima world, Murakami’s film carries a message of cooperation and hope while boasting unforgettable creature designs and handmade special effects nearly a decade in the making. A touching triumph of creativity and wonder, Jellyfish Eyes is a must-see for film lovers of all ages.

© © 2013 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai KikiCo, Ltd

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The Grudge – Takashi Shimizu

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The Grudge

Takashi Shimizu

Genre: Horror

Price: $ 7.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: February 1, 2005


From filmmaker Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Army of Darkness) and acclaimed Japanese director Takashi Shimizu comes a terrifying tale of horror in the tradition of The Ring and 28 Days Later. Sarah Michelle Gellar (TV's Buffy The Vampire Slayer ) stars as an American nurse who has come to work in Tokyo. Following a series of horrifying and mysterious deaths, she encounters the vengeful supernatural spirit that possesses its victims, claims their souls, then passes its curse to another person in a spreading chain of horror. Now, she must find a way to break this supernatural spell or become the next victim of an ancient evil that never dies, but forever lives to kill.

© © 2004 GHP-2 Grudge, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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