Back around the turn of the millennium, Takashi Miike was the poster-boy for a new brand of cinephilia. A cinephilia that used DVDs to traverse cultural boundaries in search of more sex, more violence and more extreme imagery. Since then, Miike and his film seem to have fallen into relative obscurity, victims of a maturing DVD market and the director’s own refusal to abide by traditional genre boundaries. However, as my Videovista review of Deadly Outlaw Rekka shows, there’s life in the old dog yet.
Deadly Outlaw Rekka is about a culture clash within the Yakuza. A culture clash between the gangsters who see themselves as business men and the gangsters who cling to the old ways. Ways of honour and blood.