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Japanese Genre-Meister Miike Takashi Signed By CAA (EXCLUSIVE)

Japanese director Miike Takashi, who is known for slasher film “Ichi the Killer” and stomach-churning “Audition,” has signed with CAA for representation.

Miike who is also a film producer and screenwriter, is one of Japan’s most prolific and bold directors, with more than 100 feature film credits, spanning genres, including horror, comedy and action. “Ichi The Killer” and “Audition” enjoy cult followings globally.

The auteur has also received acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival for “Shield of Straw,” “Gozu” and “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai.”

His film “Crows Zero” is immensely popular in Asia, especially among Gen Z.

In March, Miike was selected to represent Japan in Apple’s “shot on iPhone” project, directing a short film based on Osamu Tezuka’s iconic 1986 manga “Midnight,” now streaming worldwide.

In 2022, he directed drama series “Connect,” produced by South Korea’s Studio Dragon and distributed by Disney+, which is available to stream on Hulu in the U.S. “I’m not a fan of bloody scenes. But that’s what I’m known for. And it is what I get offered. It’s what I was offered by Studio Dragon,” said Miike at a press event at the Busan International Film Festival to launch “Connect,” which premiered in the festival’s series section.

Miike was responding to a question about a scene in which blood pours from the eye of the protagonist, causing him to continue the rest of the show wearing a patch. “A bloody scene like that needs to be carefully thought out. There has to be emotion and meaning, not just blood,” said Miike.

Reflecting on his career at the event, Miike had said, “The life of a movie director is a strange one. What one has done in the past determines the future. And I’m grateful to fans who enjoy my genre films. But I try to focus on the things that I like in the present. I like new ventures. There could be disappointments for fans. I like to be diverse. And I’ll keep on being diverse in future.”

The director’s most recent credits are Netflix series “Onimusha” (2023) and film “Lumberjack the Monster,” which premiered at Sitges the same year.

Miike continues to be represented by attorney Dan Black at Greenberg Traurig.

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