It seems like only yesterday that I discovered “Ichi the Killer” and cult Japanese director Takashi Miike. Even after all these years, I still haven’t seen all of the disturbing projects in his extensive filmography, and I seriously doubt I ever will. However, instead of continuing to deliver one sadistic motion picture after another, the talented filmmaker has focused his attention on more commercial fare as of late, which is really not that big of a problem. Mainstream Miike movies are weirder and more entertaining than 90% of the big-budget lard that clogs our cinematic arteries each and every year, though I currently cannot back up these claims with hard scientific data. And while his upcoming sci-fi actioner “Yatterman” — based on the 70’s television series of the same name — looks like an extended advertisement for cheap, plastic toys, I’m still curious to see what the guy will do with the material.
Here’s what it’s all about:
Every week, toy-shop owner Gan and his cute assistant Ai battled the evil Doronbo gang, led by femme fatale Doronjo and her assistants—pig-nosed muscleman Tonzra and rat-faced mecha genius Boyacky—for pieces of the mystical skull stone, and every week the Doronbo gang failed (usually due to incompetence). Then there was a mushroom cloud, Gan and Ai did their Yatterman dance and the gang regrouped the following week to do it all over again.
The film is currently available on Region 2 DVD, though no word on when the film will bow in the US. In the meantime, check out the official teaser trailer.