Takashi Miike is the most well know Japanese director around right now. His films are violent, horrific, and disturbing. So obviously, I love his work. Ichi the Killer is the film that started my interest in this filmmaker. There are 98 other reasons that are just directing credits, that will get you into this guy as well. This will also be true if you are looking outside of the horror and gore genres, since Miike also does great work in the action and kung fu genres. I can easily refer to him as one of the best living directors. So if you want to see a living legend at work, find some of his films.