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Japanese Directors (DOUBLE PACK)

Product Details

  • ISBN Code 978-1-903254-41-7
  • Manufacturer FAB Press
  • Stock Level In stock

Two Japanese Director Studies by Tom Mes for only £7.50 !!!




Revised edition with extra colour illustrations and updated text!

This third pressing of Agitator features a new and expanded 16-page 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.

Read the in-depth Agitator article at over at

'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.

Agitator - The Cinema of Takashi Miike includes:

  • Foreword by film critic/director Makoto Shinozaki
  • Chapter 1. The Dirt Bike Kid
    Takashi Miike's early years, from his first experiments with frogs and firecrackers at age 3 to getting his first shot at directing 28 years later. With exclusive pictures from Takashi Miike's own collection!
  • Chapter 2. Themes in the work of Takashi Miike
  • Chapter 3. The Video Years (films, 1991-1995)
    An in-depth look at his early made-for-video films, from 1991's Eyecatch Junction to 1995's Naniwa Yukyoden.
  • Chapter 4. The Outlaw Director (films, 1995-2002)
    Even more in-depth, individual analyses of all Miike films and TV series from 1995's Shinjuku Triad Society to 2002's Deadly Outlaw: Rekka.
  • Chapter 5. Stray Dog
    Miike as actor, producer and other non-directorial activities.
  • Chapter 6. Ichi the Killer production diary
    Takashi Miike's own diary of his experiences making the notorious Ichi the Killer. Published in English for the first time ever!
  • Chapter 7. 'I can't pretend to know what I'm doing' A career-spanning interview with Takashi Miike.
  • Chapter 8. Filmography
    A complete filmography with cast and crew credits, running times, Japanese titles, release info and more.
  • Appendix: DVD Releases
    Detailed information on all existing DVD releases of Miike's films, with info on region coding, subtitles, extra features, etc.
  • Afterword by Shinya Tsukamoto
  • Exhaustive and complete, Agitator - The Cinema of Takashi Miike is destined to become the definitive word on the most talked-about filmmaker of the decade.



Japan's most influential and unique filmmaker!

With Tetsuo: The Iron Man, Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, Tokyo Fist and Bullet Ballet, Shinya Tsukamoto has become one of the most widely praised filmmakers in Japan today. Edgy, intense and overwhelming, Tsukamoto's films are nightmarish visions of a world in which man's greatest enemy is his own environment of cold concrete and twisted technology.

Shinya Tsukamoto rejuvenated the Japanese film industry, paving the way for an entire generation of young Japanese directors like Takashi Miike (Audition) and Hideo Nakata (Ringu). He has been credited as a direct influence on modern Western cinematic masters including Quentin Tarantino (Kill Bill), David Fincher (Fight Club) and the Wachowski Brothers (The Matrix).

With a foreword by Takashi Miike, the book is illustrated with hundreds of stills, behind-the-scenes pictures and rare photographs from Tsukamoto's private collection, Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto reveals the mind, the methods and the madness of Japan's most influential and unique filmmaker.


About the Author

Tom Mes is the founder and co-editor of, 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 USA, France and Russia. Tom has written 2 other books for FAB Press: Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto and Re-Agitator: A Decade of Writing on Takashi Miike.

Technical Details

Size: 244mm x 171mm

Binding: Paperback

Extent: 432 pages and 240 pages

ISBN: 978-1-903254-41-7 and 978-1-903254-36-3

Publication Dates: July 2005 and February 2006

Market: Cinema

Weight: 1800g

Edition: various

Cover Price: £17.99 (UK) / $29.95 (US) and £14.99 / $24.95

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