Ever since the climax of Audition
caught moviegoers completely off guard back in 1999, the name Takashi Miike has become virtually synonymous with shock cinema. It was a reputation that the director seemed eager to live up to as he delivered a sadistic, nonstop bloodbath in Ichi the Killer
, instilled the tired yakuza genre with a fresh blast of surrealism in Gozu
, and helmed the only episode of Masters of Horror
that pay-cable giant Showtime outright refused to air. Though more recent efforts such as the endearing Zebraman
and the kid-friendly remake The Great Yokai War
found the prolific cult icon flirting with mainstream su...