Takashi Miike’s latest out of control actioner plays as part of SIFF’s Midnight Adrenaline series this weekend.
What is Yakuza Apocalypse?
A Vampire movie? A Yakuza movie? A Martial Arts film? A Zombie movie?
It’s all of the above and more.
Yakuza Apocalypse has to be one of the strangest and disjointed Japanese films I’ve ever seen. It’s not that I don’t like it, but it did take me two sittings to actually get what the hell was going on through most of it. To truly understand how insane this movie is, you simply have to sit through all two hours of the madness. I can’t tell you – you just have to experience it yourself.
The action is off the charts and the martial arts choreography is top notch. Hayato Ichihara is surprisingly creepy as the story’s lead vamp and The Raid’s Yayan Ruhian brings it as he always does. Seriously, he’s hilarious in the scenes requiring him to speak english and the final fight between Ruhian and Ichihara is something that you won’t forget anytime soon.
This weekend at the Egyptian theater SIFF presents Yakuza Apocalypse as part of their Midnight Adrenaline series. I would highly recommend going and seeing this film with a crowd – and I can’t think of a better venue than a midnight screening. But I warn you, as tempting as it may be I would not recommend any mind altering substances whilst watching this movie. Not because it will freak you out or some shit like that, but because you’re going to need all the brain you can muster to comprehend what you are seeing. I tried watching it with some Sake on board when it played SIFF and it was just a fucky mess.
So grab a friend, get in line and enjoy the insanity that is Yakuza Apocalypse playing Friday and Saturday night at midnight at the Egyptian theater!