Takashi Miike is the fearless samurai of filmmaking, releasing his 100th film this week in his adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s “Blade of the Immortal.” As a rebellious pioneer of cinema, his status may have lessened a bit internationally since the heyday of "Ichi the Killer" and "Audition," but he has lost none of his craftsman’s skill, as evidenced in every frame of this gorgeous, epic tale of endless carnage. “Blade of the Immortal” feels lượt thích a film that could only be made by someone with a long career in film and a lot of life experience to bring khổng lồ it. In a sense, it is about a man going through routine after routine, trudging forward through a life he no longer wants to lớn live. Of course, I’m not suggesting Miike is sick of filmmaking—if anything, the cinematic energy here proves otherwise—but that “Blade of the Immortal” required the hand of an experienced director, và they don’t get much more experienced than Miike.

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“Blade of the Immortal” tells the story of Manji (Takuya Kimura), a samurai who is blessed/cursed with immortality. He has had generations to mourn the loss of the only person he cared about and lament the code of honor he can no longer follow. He is not an immortal in the superhero sense of the word, but an immortal in the way that we often see ghosts represented in fiction—as people forced to stay on Earth & forever regret their sins. Of course, Manji gets a final chance to lớn matter to someone when he’s found by a girl named Rin Asano (Hana Sugisaki) after her parents are killed by group of assassins who are trying to lớn change the way of the samurai.

That final phrase is key lớn the narrative of “Blade of the Immortal.” Kagehisa Anotsu (the nearly movie-stealing Sota Fukushi), the man who leads the assassins who killed Rin’s father, comes from a different school of swordplay and represents a darker, more violent future for the samurai warrior. Forms of combat become a major current in “Blade of the Immortal,” especially as more và more styles come into play và politics between rival schools become important. Manji is a practitioner of a lost art và style, which again feels lượt thích something only a man who has made 100 films could adequately convey.

Of course, “Blade of the Immortal” isn’t all about codes and politics—it’s mostly about blood and guts. This is Miike closer khổng lồ his gonzo violent style of the "90s và "00s than he"s been in a long time. Owing a great giảm giá to the fact that this is based on a manga that ran for 30 volumes, “Blade of the Immortal” is remarkably episodic. It basically breaks down to a series of one-on-one fights between Manji and, for at least the first hour, members of Anotsu’s team of assassins. They are wildly exaggerated affairs, complete with supernatural powers and wire-based combat and geysers of blood. They are often breathtaking fight sequences, as Miike finds ways to make these one-on-one affairs distinctly unforgettable. There’s the man who shares a key trait with Manji; another who cries remorseful tears after she kills; one who looks lượt thích a walking nightmare with human body toàn thân parts strapped to lớn his own—and Miike accelerates the combat in “Blade of the Immortal” khổng lồ the inevitable multi-enemy battle that includes literally rivers of blood. Hundreds of people die in “Blade of the Immortal,” most of them losing a limb or two as they do. For pure samurai action, it"s a must-see.

On the other hand, over the course of two-and-a-half hours, even a fan"s samurai patience can be tested. It doesn’t help that the story of “Blade” gets a little cluttered, introducing new enemies và potential allies at a point when you wish it would be wrapping up instead of starting down another road. & Kimura’s performance starts khổng lồ feel thinner than it should, not merely by repetition but by the actor being outperformed by some of his co-stars. He lacks the true charisma to lớn ground this film in the way it needed to lớn sustain interest for its admittedly overlong running time.

Having said that, there’s still something about the 56-year-old Miike working in this register 100 films into his career. There are enough flashes of brilliance through all 140 minutes of “Blade of the Immortal” that its sins can be easily forgiven. And it’s that balance of Miike’s experience with his retained childlike energy in making a kick-ass samurai movie that keeps this journey engaging. It feels like a film that no one else would have made in quite the same way as Takashi Miike. I hope he makes at least 100 more.


Brian Tallerico

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Blade of the Immortal highlights Takashi Miike"s flair for balletic violence, making up what it lacks in strict originality with rich characterizations & kinetic thrills. Read critic review

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Movie Info

Cursed with immortality, a highly skilled samurai in feudal nhật bản promises to help a young woman avenge the death of her parents. Their mission leads them into a bloody battle with a ruthless warrior và his band of master swordsmen.

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Rating: R (Bloody Violence và Carnage)

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Original Language: Japanese

Release Date (Theaters): Nov 3, 2017 limited

Release Date (Streaming): Nov 8, 2017

Box Office (Gross USA): $149.2K

Runtime: 2h 31m

Distributor: Magnet Releasing

Production Co: Warner Bros., Recorded Picture Company (RPC), Oriental Light & Magic

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

Cast và Crew

Takuya Kimura


Hana Sugisaki

Rin Asano , Machi

Sôta Fukushi

Anotsu Kagehisa

Hayato Ichihara


Erika Toda

Makie Otono-Tachibana

Kazuki Kitamura

Sabato Kuroi

Chiaki Kuriyama


Shinnosuke Mitsushima

Taito Magatsu

Yoko Yamamoto


Ebizô Ichikawa

Eiku Shizuma

Min Tanaka

Kagimura Habaki

Tsutomu Yamazaki

Kensui Ibane

Takashi Miike


Tetsuya Oishi


Hiroyoshi Koiwai

Executive Producer

Peter Watson

Executive Producer

Shigeji Maeda


Misako Saka


Jeremy Thomas


Kôji Endô

Original Music

Nobuyasu Kita


Kenji Yamashita

Film Editing

Toshiyuki Matsumiya

Production design

Hiroshi Kiwanami

phối Decoration

Yûya Maeda

Costume thiết kế

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