Takashi Miike Shooting Vampire Tale, ‘Yakuza Apocalypse’!

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The great Takashi Miike continues his return to the genre, this time bringing the vampire genre back to Japan.

ScreenDaily reports that Miike has started shooting Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld as of April 17 for Japan’s Nikkatsu Corporation.

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.

The film is produced by OLM. Yoshitaka Yamaguchi, a former assistant director to Miike and a director himself, wrote the original script.

  • Evan3

    I go back and forth on Miike films. I really liked his Masters of Horror segment and 13 Assassins, but thought Audition was a bit over-hyped. This one sounds promising. At the very least, I am sure there will be some highly stylized kill scenes.