‘Yakuza Apocalypse’ is too much movie (Our grade: C)

Hayato Ichihara and Yayan Ruhian in 'Yakuza Apocalypse'

Hayato Ichihara and Yayan Ruhian in ‘Yakuza Apocalypse’

Even his most ardent fans might admit that quality control is not really Takashi Miike’s thing. He cranks out movies the way 1930s pulp fictioneers churned out novels about the Shadow or Doc Savage.

In fairness, the man who gave us such stomach-turners as “Ichi the Killer” or brilliant thriller “Audition” can work in a variety of tones. The 2014 picture “Over Your Dead Body” gave a Japanese myth a contemporary resonance while “Ninja Kids!!!,” from 2010, is a family movie. Miike just tends to work very, very quickly; he has directed about a dozen movies since 2010.

Miike uses almost all of the tones at once in this sprawling hunk of late-night lunacy, a two-hour vampire/yakuza/action/ monster frappe.

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