Revealed to the world with the shocking Audition, Takashi Miike has directed over 50 films in the space of 11 years. Films like Dead or Alive, The City of Lost. Fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling guide to Japan’s most prolific and successful film director Takashi Miike. This third pressing ofAgitator. : Agitator: The Cinema Of Takashi Miike () by Tom Mes and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Agitator by Tom Mes. This edition features a new and expanded colour section, completely updated DVD information, and several brand new reviews of Takashi Miike films that were unavailable for coverage at the time of the book’s initial production.

Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Agitatorplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Takashi Miike is known for mostly his more bizarre, violent, controversial output in the film world. Though interestingly, I don’t think there exists a genre he’s not attempted.

His film oeuvre literally spans the entire rainbow from extreme psychological bloodbaths to historical dramas to candy-coloured, cartoonish family films. But no matter what genre, unpredictable madness permeates most of them, which is not a bad thing in an era of overly cautious and formulaic films which treat th Takashi Miike is known for mostly his more bizarre, violent, controversial output in the film world. But no matter what genre, unpredictable madness permeates most of them, which is not a bad thing in an era of overly cautious and formulaic films which treat the audience like an idiot.

Miike never insults the audience’s intelligence even if the content is offensive. My personal favourites of the few I’ve watched are the ones in-between, that are neither pure over-the-top taboo nor completely sombre. Agitator is a wonderful biography and analysis of Miike’s films and their themes. I was fascinated by the author’s interpretations of the more eye-searing insane ones, which I thought were smart and well-reasoned.

I do think that the whole point of those probably were to be provocative, edgy, gratuitous, etcetera If I’m truthful, the book Mes wrote on Shinya Tsukamoto was better and more balanced. Both filmographies, however, are of exceptional quality and totally unexpected. It’s not everyday you find a thorough, well-written book on any filmmaker, especially not divisive cult-horror directors, so these books are a rare treat.


Aug 10, Pete rated it really liked it. For anyone who has ever tried explaining the appeal of Takeshi Miike’s films to someone who hasn’t seen any of them, I understand if you wondered: Mes conducts a no-nonsense, in-depth examination of the director’s theatrical and direct-to-video releases, a span of preposterously explosive films that shake with raw human nerve and monstrous energy.

The book closes with a lengthy interview with the director in for the revised edition. Jul 12, Andrew F rated it really liked it. Miike is an inherently interesting figure because his films are wildly diverse, yet linked by key things – ultraviolence usually playing a part, but even that varies from slapstick to torture.

This book by Tom Mes who also wrote the excellent Iron Man: Or am I just talking to myself? I had sold my copy of Moral Vision years earlier like an idiot. THE book for Miike fans, absolutely essential and ridiculously exhaustive.

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A true passion project, you can almost feel Tom falling more and more in love Miike as the book goes on. Would absolutely love a follow up to this a true follow up that is that explores every film since the publication of this book over 10 years ago. Aug 31, Jason Coffman rated it really liked it.

Tom Mes’ dense study of Miike ends up being too much of a good thing.

Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike

While it’s packed with tons of good information and agifator from the filmmaker himself, the comprehensive overview and analysis of Miike’s films spends too much time on their similarities. This has the curious effect of making the films seem less interesting as individual works. Still, it’s clear that Mes is passionate about Miike’s films, and this is still an invaluable resource.

Feb 24, Ad Blankestijn rated it liked it Shelves: Guide to Japan’s iconoclastic and prolific film director. I would have liked more analysis in this book, and less journalism. Also, I have my doubts about the quality of Miike’s films, who after direct-to-video fests of over the top violence for the arthouse crowd in the s aitator early s, now seems to have sold out to commercial interests with little new to say.


Mar 12, Balls Montgomery rated it liked it. Mes notes familiar themes that run rampant through his works which I completely didn’t notice. I just found his sexually perverse insanity quite endearing. Dec 15, Toby rated it it cinemaa amazing. A bit dated now considering Miike’s career is still going full pelt ahead, and misses out in particular in Miike’s rise in popularity in the Western audience assisted by Quentin Tarantino.

But still the most in-depth and thorough look at Takashi Miike and cinma films that you will find anywhere, well worth the money if you are a fan!

Nov 02, Tony rated it liked it Shelves: Good read, I just wish it covered Gozu. Aug 23, Wendeline Wright rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Apr mmiike, David Wilentz marked it as reference.

Fairly exhaustive overview of Japanese bad boy director Takashi Miike. I appreciate Tom Mes’ passion. Paul Agusta rated it really liked it Aug 17, Nick Thomson rated it really liked it Jun 27, og Sausageclaire rated it it was amazing May 29, Christopher rated it it was amazing Aug 10, Jason rated it really liked it Feb 06, Benjamina rated it really liked it Dec 22, Dave rated cinsma it was ok Jan 16, Ghostea rated it liked it Feb 17, Benji rated it agihator was amazing Mar 23, Charles rated it liked it Oct 08, Valerio Spisani rated it it was amazing Jan 22, Katy rated it liked it Dec 08, Michael Dickinson rated it miie liked it Sep 10, Ross rated it liked it Sep 16, Richard rated it it was amazing Feb 13, David Drake rated it really liked it Dec 26, Jarrod rated it it was amazing Apr 28, Scott rated it it was amazing Jul 29, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

He has provided liner notes and audio commentaries for numerous DVD releases of Japanese films around the world.

He also has a background in animation as a scriptwriter and storyboard artist. Tom Mes is a writer and translator of books. Books by Tom Mes. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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