Legendary Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer, 13 Assassins) returns with his 100th film, the gloriously violent, strikingly beautiful Blade of the Immortal!
Based on the Manga series “Mugen no jûnin” by Hiroaki Samura, Blade of the Immortal follows the deeds of Manji, a skilled samurai who has a decisive advantage: no wound can kill him. He has taken a lot of lives, both innocent and guilty, and now lives life in feudal Japan as a criminal after being cursed with his immortality. His only possible salvation? He must honor his vow to kill enough evil men – 1,000, to be exact – before his curse is lifted and he can finally rest. When he comes across a young girl named Rin whose parents were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu, Manji makes an oath to help her avenge their deaths, leading the unlikely duo on a remarkable quest to make right against those who did them wrong.
A kinetic and visually stunning ballet of violence, Blade of the Immortal combines fantastical and knowingly cartoonish elements with rich characterization, invested performances, and genuinely intense and gory battles, delivering a film that truly honors its page-tuner Manga roots while reveling in the sort of visual audacity and spectacle that only the art of cinema can offer.
“Not often do you encounter a movie about slicing, dicing samurai vivisecting each other into gory chunks that is also a thing of beauty.” – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Further proof that of all the genres he dabbles in, samurai cinema is the one that brings out the grandest entertainer in Miike. Here’s to 100 more.” – A.A. Dowd, The AV Club
“Blade of the Immortal is flat-out gorgeous.” – Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Inquirer
“Here’s to another 100!” – James Berardinelli, ReelViews
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