It is a danger when writing about a director as prolific as Takashi Miike that by the time you go to print he will have fit in a whole second career's worth of productions. With that in mind it is surprising to see that this 2nd ed. book, apparently published in 2006, only covers Miike's work up until 2002. In fact he has directed another 21 pieces since then, with another two more currently in production. Among those missing from this tome include his first self-written movie The Great Yokai War, the almost korean-style horror One Missed Call, and the short movie segment he did for Three Extremes. Of course his cameo in Hostel is also missing.
It is such a pity that this brilliant reference has not been updated to include his more recent work, or even a second book released.
With that said and behind me, I can now gush. This is a brilliant reference for any Miike fans, including a look at his life, the common themes in his movies, and his entire career up until Deadly Outlaw Rekka, including his assistant-director V-Cinema work. Each movie has at least one page dedicated to it, with some movies having a number of pages.
The book also includes a short "Ichi the Killer" production diary, a decent length interview with Miike, and a filmography including a (dated) section of "Miike films available on DVD".
If you like Miike's films, if you want to know more about him and what drives him, or if you want to learn about other directors with the gung-ho approach to film-making as Tarentino and Rodriguez, then this is absolutely the book for you!