You never know what you're going to get from controversial Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike, whose films range from gleefully violent and bizarre to family-friendly. A favorite of
Quentin Tarantino, Miike makes films that regularly incorporate scenes of grotesque, cartoonish violence, and sexual perversity. The 1999 horror film
Audition, about a widower who "auditions" new women to be his wife, is largely considered Miike's masterpiece, and his last film, the samurai epic
13 Assassins, earned critical raves, with the
Los Angeles Times writing, "A master director with great style and panache, Miike's latest,
13 Assassins, is a classic samurai movie, right up there among the finest in the genre."
Hari-Kiri: Death of a Samurai), is a 3D remake of Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 samurai classic,
Harakiri, and, strangely enough, marks Miike's first entry in the main competition at Cannes.