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Manga Entertainment is excited to announce the home video release of Takashi Miike’s vampire action-horror “Yakuza Apocalypse”. The latest cinematic feast from the prolific and controversial cult Japanese director had its UK theatrical debut on 45 screens (Vue, Odeon, Showcase) in January 2016. Prior to that, it wowed audiences at the London Film Festival and had its world premiere at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.
As a frenzied mashup of gore, organised crime and vampiric folklore, “Yakuza Apocalypse” is not just for connoisseurs of Japanese cinema. Coming from infamous director Miike and creators of the smash hit crime thriller “The Raid”, this film is a manic whirlwind of action-packed horror showcasing all of his bizarre, yet fun signature style. It pulls no punches and appeals to horror, action and martial arts fans alike.
Release Date: May 2nd
Director: Takashi Miike (“Audition”, “13 Assassins”)
Cast: Yayan Ruhian (“The Raid”), Hayato Ichihara (“All About Lily Chou-Chou”)
Due to his sensitive skin, Kageyama is ridiculed by his fellow Yakuza clan members for being the only one who cannot be branded with their signature tattoo. When Kamiura, the fearsome Yakuza boss who also happens to be a bloodsucking vampire is brutally killed by a competing clan, he passes on his vampire powers to his loyal lieutenant. Now Kageyama is transformed into a bloodthirsty monster who will stop at nothing to avenge his former boss.
Here’s what some of the other press have said about it so far:
“It’s Miike at his most gleefully lunatic ★ ★ ★ ★ ★” – The Dissolve
“A wild, crazy ride into madness” – Live for Films
“Demented brilliance ★ ★ ★ ★ ★” – Robbie Collin (The Telegraph)
“The Japanese horror surrealist delivers one of his strangest mashups yet, and it’s great fun.” – The Guardian
Meanwhile, look out for our review of this bit of mental martial movie mayhem coming soon – we may well have something special coming up exclusively for Kung Fu Kingdom readers, stay tuned!