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Takashi Miike’s “Ninja Kids” gets American remake

Takashi Miike’s “Ninja Kids” gets American remake (photo)

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This side of the Pacific, Japanese director Takashi Miike is best known for his violent cult favorites like “Ichi the Killer” and his too-much-even-for-Showtime episode of “Masters of Horror.” But American audiences will soon be seeing the lighter side of Miike, as his family-friendly action comedy “Ninja Kids!!” is moving toward a US remake.

“Ninja Kids!!” is itself an adaptation of a Japanese television show about kids training to become, you guessed it, ninjas. The concept, which is similar to the über-popular manga and anime “Naruto,” resonated with audiences both at its world premiere at the New York Asian Film Festival on July 3, as well as in Japan when it opened later that month. The excellent reception that “Ninja Kids!!” received earlier this summer has apparently gone a long way, as the Hollywood Reporter now claims that a “major production company” is interested in acquiring the rights for a remake.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that Miike has veered away from more bloody and sensational filmmaking, as his resume is extremely diverse, featuring road movies, fantasy films and even a hybrid musical. The Japanese version of “Ninja Kids!!” is a high-energy comedic action flick, which does an amazing job capturing the manic energy contained in the best kids manga and anime.

Check out a trailer from the movie below, then let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter whether you’d make time for an American version of “Ninja Kids!!”

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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