Takashi Miike is a highly prolific, and highly controversial Japanese auteur, who states his primary influences to be Creator/DavidLynch, Creator/DavidCronenberg, and Creator/PaulVerhoeven, a combination he takes and turns UpToEleven in many of his films. He has directed several movies a year since his first release in 1991, as well as a handful of television programs, for an average of about 3-4 a year; starting soon after graduating Yokohama Vocational School of Broadcast and Film, where he studied under legendary Japanese filmmaker Shohei Imamura. Although the bulk of his work are theatrical releases, mainly {{Yakuza}} action films, he also produces a considerable number of DirectToVideo V-cinema releases as well. The former are often used to finance the latter; which he claims he does because they allow him more creative control, and greater freedom from censorship and traditional narrative structure.

Both inside and outside Japan he's best known for BlackComedy, over-the-top violence, and {{Gorn}}; but his films cover a much wider range of genres and styles. Along with his signature action and horror, he's also produced examples of period drama, sentimental road picture, teen drama, more traditional crime drama, children's movies, and some that [[GenreBusting defy any attempt at labeling]], such as the live-action/claymation horror comedy musical ''Film/TheHappinessOfTheKatakuris''.

His V-cinema releases, despite frequent extreme depictions of violence and sexual perversion, are often philosophical explorations of the darker side of the human psyche.

He's also cameod as an actor and voice actor in various works, most notably as ''himself'' in ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', which fits the tone of the games perfectly.

Compare Creator/DavidLynch, Creator/DavidCronenberg, [[Creator/LuisBunuel Luis Buñuel]], Creator/JohnWaters and Creator/NicolasWindingRefn.

Some notable work:
* ''Manga/IchiTheKiller''
* ''Film/{{Audition}}''
* ''[[Manga/{{MPDPsycho}} MPD Psycho]]''
* ''Film/{{Gozu}}''
* ''Film/TheGreatYokaiWar''
* ''Film/TheBirdPeopleInChina''
* ''Film/TheHappinessOfTheKatakuris''
* ''Film/SukiyakiWesternDjango'', with a cameo by Creator/QuentinTarantino
* ''Dead Or Alive''
* ''Full Metal Yakuza''
* ''Rainy Dog''
* ''Anime/{{Yatterman}}''
* ''Film/{{Zebraman}}''
* ''Film/ChakushinAri'' (With an American remake, ''Film/OneMissedCall''.)
* ''IZO''
* The ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Imprint", which was pulled from its scheduled airing by Showtime because it was too extreme.
* ''Film/VisitorQ''
* ''Series/KtaiInvestigator7''
* ''Box'', a short film that was part of ''Film/ThreeExtremes''
* ''Film/ThirteenAssassins''
* ''Film/{{Yakuza}}'': The LiveActionAdaptation of the first ''[[VideoGame/{{Yakuza}} Ryu Ga Gotoku]]'' game, often called ''Like A Dragon''.
* ''Gyakuten Saiban'', known better overseas as ''Film/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney''
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure: [[Manga/JojosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Diamond is Unbreakable: Part 1]]''
!!Recurring tropes in Takashi Miike's filmography include:
* AuthorAppeal: Lactation and breast milk are recurring images in at least his V-Cinema releases.
* GainaxEnding
* {{Gayngster}}: Many of his {{Yakuza}} and other gangster types are either StraightGay or HardGay. Possibly AuthorAppeal.
* {{Gorn}}: Miike's movies are notorious for their goriness.
* KatanasAreJustBetter
* MindScrew: ''Film/{{Audition}}'' and ''Film/{{Gozu}}'' epitomize this trope.
* MissingEpisode: ''[[Series/MastersOfHorror Imprint]]''. It was intended to be the Season One finale, but was pulled and later released direct-to-DVD for being [[TooSpicyForYogSothoth too extreme by the show's standards]].
* PlayingAgainstType: Of all anime series to adapt into film, it had to be Yatterman?!
** Or a movie version of ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright]]''?
** He also did a Live Action movie of Nintama Rantaro, which have all the signs of SoMyKidsCanWatch.
** Miike himself lampshaded this trope, commenting, "Me, a 'Master of Horror'? I'm the guy that made ''Salaryman Kintarō''!"[[note]]It's funnier because his movie adaptation of said manga came out the same year as ''Audition''.[[/note]]
* RefugeInAudacity: When describing his [[Film/{{Audition}} most]] [[Manga/IchiTheKiller notable]] [[Film/{{Gozu}} fi]][[Film/VisitorQ lms]], the phrases "extreme", "transgressive" and "shocking" are thrown about liberally.
* SurrealHorror
* ThematicSeries: The ''Black Society Trilogy'' (Black Triad Trilogy), which includes ''Shinjuku Triad Society'', ''Rainy Dog'', and ''Ley Lines''. With Tomorowo Taguchi in leading (though different) roles in each, the films are not connected by a narrative. Instead, they focus on unlikely relationships among Yakuza crime families.
* {{Yandere}}: Especially in ''Film/{{Audition}}''. A wonderful deconstruction of kawaiisa.