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
, Miike makes films that regularly incorporate scenes of grotesque, cartoonish violence, and sexual perversity. The 1999 horror film
, about a widower who "auditions" new women to be his wife, is largely considered Miike's masterpiece, and his last film, the samurai epic
, earned critical raves, with the
Los Angeles Times
writing, "A master director with great style and panache, Miike's latest,
, 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,
, and, strangely enough, marks Miike's first entry in the main competition at Cannes.