Magazine article Screen International

Miike Shooting Yakuza Apocalypse

Magazine article Screen International

Miike Shooting Yakuza Apocalypse

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EXCLUSIVE: Japan's Nikkatsu Corporation has announced director Takashi Miike has started shooting Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld as of April 17.

This time, the prolific director of films such as Thirteen Assassins, Audition, Ichi The Killer and most recently The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is combining the yakuza genre with vampire legend.

Yakuza Apocalypse stars Hayato Ichihara (Rookies: Graduation) as Kagayama, a feeble but loyal underling to legendary yakuza boss Kamiura, who turns out to be a vampire. When an assassin from an international syndicate arrives in Japan to deliver an ultimatum, Kamiura is killed. But, not before he manages to bite Kageyama, and the transformed underling sets out to get revenge against a formidable team of assassins.

"Take a hike, boring Japanese productions! Against everyone's wishes, I'm going back to my roots on this one, and plan to go on a real rampage with Yakuza Apocalypse. …

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