With a career spanning over 20 years, Japanese director Takashi Miike has become one of the more well-known genre directors among film fans around the world, with films such as Ichi the Killer, Audition, Sukuyaki Western Django, and 13 Assassins as part of his filmography. Having released three films in 2012, and two each in 2013 and 2014, Miike has not slowed down this year, having already released two films in Japanese theatres, the second of which also played at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.
Titled Yakuza Apocalypse, Miike directs the film from a screenplay by first-time collaborator Yoshitaka Yamaguchi. The film’s synopsis is as follows.
In the ruthless underground world of the yakuza, no one is more legendary than boss Kamiura. Rumored to be invincible, the truth is he is a vampire-a bloodsucking yakuza vampire boss! Among Kamiura’s gang is Kageyama, his most loyal underling. However, the others in the gang view Kageyama with disdain and ridicule him for his inability to get tattooed due to sensitive skin. One day, assassins aware of boss Kamiura’s secret arrive from abroad and deliver him an ultimatum: Return to the international syndicate he left years ago, or die. Kamiura refuses and, during a fierce battle with anime-otaku martial-arts expert Kyoken, is torn limb from limb. With his dying breath, Kamiura bites Kageyama, passing on his vampire powers to the unsuspecting yakuza. As he begins to awaken to his newfound abilities, Kageyama’s desire to avenge the murder of boss Kamiura sets him on a course for a violent confrontation with Kaeru-kun, the foreign syndicate’s mysterious and seemingly unstoppable leader!
Also titled Gokudo Daisenso, the film is poised to make its North American premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, though theatrical release dates for the US or Canada have yet to be announced. Ahead of the film’s screening at TIFF in the Midnight Madness section, a new trailer has been released, and can be seen below.