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ProfileTom Mes is the founder and co-editor of MidnightEye.com, the world's leading English-language publication on contemporary Japanese cinema. His work has appeared in such magazines as Fangoria, Impact, Japan Magazine and Skrien. His writing on Takashi Miike has been published in England, the US, Canada, France and Russia. --http://www.midnighteye.com 
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- Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike - Tom Mes [Amazon US] [FR] [DE] [UK]
Audition. Dead or Alive. Ichi the Killer. Visitor Q. These films have amazed, stunned, delighted and shocked audiences the world over, garnering critical acclaim for their Japanese director: Takashi Miike. Undoubtedly the most intriguing filmmaker in the world, Takashi Miike's international fan base is constantly growing. Screenings and retrospectives of his work in both the USA and Europe are frequent. More and more of his films are released to great success on DVD, while he has become a regular and award-winning guest at leading international film festivals. Agitator - The Cinema of Takashi Miike is the world's first study of this exciting director's complete work. It takes a critical, but enthusiastic and accessible look at all his 53 films and TV series, as well as his work as actor and producer. The book also contains Takashi Miike's own diary on the making of his controversial film Ichi the Killer, published in English for the first time ever. Plus a career-spanning interview. Ground-breaking, exhaustive and fully endorsed by Takashi Miike himself, Agitator - The Cinema of Takashi Miike is destined to become the definitive word on the most talked-about filmmaker of the decade.
"Fierce. Nonsensical. Vulgar. Powerful. These are words that could be used to describe Takashi Miike. But without doubt the most essential words are self-assured and clever." - Shinya Tsukamoto Audition. Dead or Alive. Ichi the Killer. Visitor Q. These films have amazed, stunned, delighted and shocked audiences the world over, garnering critical acclaim for their Japanese director: Takashi Miike. Seen as one of the most important filmmakers to emerge in Japan in the last twenty years, Takashi Miike has directed 49 feature films and 3 TV series in the space of 11 years. Many of them still unseen outside Japan, Miike's films are marked by a dazzling visual style, brilliant narrative invention and a willingness to go far beyond accepted boundaries. Agitator - The Cinema of Takashi Miike examines each of these titles in-depth, revealing a provocative but remarkably consistent body of work. Illustrated with hundreds of stills, behind-the-scenes pictures and rare photographs from the director's private collection, this is the first ever study devoted entirely to the work of one of the world's most exciting filmmakers. --Book Description
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