Watching a Takashi Miike movie is, as one overrated movie character once said, like opening a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get. You might get a movie like 13 Assassins or Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai: a straight-up samurai movie, with a slow build-up that leads to an amazing final act with all the swordplay you’d ever want.
You might get a twisted love story/revenge thriller, like Audition or Over Your Dead Body. Both harbor character with dark secrets who don’t make their intentions known until it’s far too late for the rest of the characters. Or you might get a movie like Yakuza Apocalypse, which is about a vampire Yakuza kingpin and also has kung fu frogs in it. You never know!
Every year at Fantastic Fest, Takashi Miike has a new gift to bestow upon viewers. This year’s just so happened to be an insane, over-the-top yakuza movie that’s surreal in just about every way you can imagine — and just as wonderful as it is surreal. There’s so much that happens in this movie that defies explanation, forcing you sit back and just marvel at it.
Yakuza Apocalypse picked up distribution, so it should be released in the not-so-distant future. This is a movie that fans of Takashi Miike, fans of Japanese culture, and fans of over-the-top movies will absolutely adore. From its brutal opening swordfight to its final shot (which will stick with you), this movie is worth your time and a prime example of weirdness.