My review of Tom Mes’s latest book, a collection of essays and articles on the director Takashi Miike, is now up on the Manga UK blog.
It makes for an interesting comparison with his earlier Agitator, in terms of the implied readership, and Mes’s assessment of what kind of book his subject needs — very different ten years ago, when he didn’t think anyone would actually see the films he discussed.
The lavishly illustrated Iron Man: The Cinema of Shinya Tsukamoto not only examines the maverick director’s films, but his formative years, fighting with his little brother (who he would eventually shove into a boxing ring in Tokyo Fist), watching anime and Gamera movies. A life of salaried drudgery beckons, until Tsukamoto strikes it lucky with an ultra-violent tale of metallic possession – Tetsuo. Continue reading →