Takashi Miike

A highly prolific and controversial film-maker with the amazing skill to handle diverse genres such as horror, gangster, epic, fantasy, thriller, romance, drama, as well as children's movie with ease. Takashi Miike made his theatrical debut with the film Shinjuku Triad Society in 1995, the first movie of his "Black Society" Trilogy. His early movies featured his unique extreme style and he started to get a dedicated following within Japan. But, it was the ultra-violent Yakuja movie Dead or Alive (1999) and the psychotic horror movie Audition (1999) that caught the attention of the International audience by virtue of their popularity at the International Film Festivals in 2000. he was also recently featured in guardian.co.uk list of 40 best directors of our times.

Takashi Miike's filmography - Top 5 Recommended Film

13 Assasins

A big screen Samurai opus released in 2010 about 13 assassins who come together to kill an evil lord. The movie is supposedly based on a true historic event. Reminiscent of Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai', only grittier, bloodier and a lot more entertaining. A hot favorite in the festival circuit. Though the pace of the movie is slow in the first half as the director takes his sweet time to detail out each character and their motivations, the movie gradually picks up momentum towards a epic finale fight.

This is undoubtedly the greatest work by the brilliant director till date, and complemented by a great technical team and a superb cast, making 13 assassins one of the best movies to come out of japan in recent times and has set a new benchmark for epic samurai movies. (Read Review)
Audition (Odishon)

A psychotic horror film that can shock the wits out of even the most die-hard fans of the genre. Has the record of most number of walkouts at the Rotterdam Film festival (2000). Over the years, the movie has gathered quite a cult following and for many, this is the movie that really showcased Takashi Miike's talent to the rest of the world.
For a better half of the movie, the story seems to revolve around a tale of love, romance and simple mystery. But the gut wrenching scenes of the last 30 minutes showcases some of the most terrifying moments ever portrayed on screen.
The Bird people in China

A early masterpiece by the film-maker that starts off as a mildly comical adventure story, but gradually turns into a beautiful exploration  of human nature, a deep insight into human emotions combined with some truly breathtaking imagery. One of my favorite from Miike's Oeuvre.
I also felt that the movie is also a intelligently subtle commentary on the war between tradition and technology.  I highly recommend this movie to anyone who revels in interesting human dramas with a gorgeous setting, provided you have the patience.
ICHI The Killer
Ichi The Killer (IMDB Rating: 7.1) 

A movie based on a popular 'Manga' about Yakuza gangsters that borders on shocking and ridiculous. The movie's extremely graphic imagery can shock, amaze, amuse at the same time, and is regarded as the most extreme movie by the director and enjoys a cult classic status years after it's release.

Originally intended for Japan straight-to-video market, and later promoted to theaters, Fudoh became Takshi Miike's 'breakthrough' movie. Fudoh features some of the most outrageous characters ever seen on the screen and takes a cliched Yakuza action plot to new 'absurdity-filled' highs. The movie is exceedingly violent and contains generous doses of Miike's trademark dark humor. Fudoh gave Miike fans a taste of what was to come in the future cult classic hits such as Ichi the Killer and the Dead or Alive trilogy. Fudoh was featured in TIME magazine's best movies of 1997 list. (src:wikipedia)
These are just a few of the movies, among the ones I've seen, from the great Japanese film-maker that have filled me with respect and admiration for the genius of this artist.