The 100th film by Japanese master Takashi Miike (Audition, Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai, SFF 2012) is an irreverent and gory samurai film about a skilled warrior who attains immortality.
Based on a popular manga and selected to screen at Cannes 2017, Blade of the Immortal is the story of Manji (Japanese heartthrob Takuya Kimura), a warrior who is cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. When his sister is killed, Manji takes brutal revenge on her killers. His own injuries are tended to by an 800-year-old nun, who also bestows upon Manji the power to self-heal. He finds himself unable to die until he has killed a very large number of evil men, and the scene is set for the bloody mayhem for which Miike is known and loved.
As Manji says, "death is merciless, but never dying is far worse." With brilliantly choreographed action scenes, swordfights of the highest order, and a wry sense of humour, Blade of the Immortal finds Miike to be as vital and mischievous as ever.
The 100th feature by genre master Takashi Miike transcends conventions of Japanese swordplay films with both fantasy and graphic violence. – Maggie Lee, Variety
Fans of the inimitable gore-hound Takashi Miike will lap up his latest, which sees the Japanese helmer return to the swords-and-topknots territory of Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai. – Harry Windsor, The Hollywood Reporter
For those who are fascinated by Wolverine’s healing factor, boy is Blade of the Immortal a treat. – Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian
Japan, South Korea
Japanese with English subtitles
Mugen no Jûnin
Tetsuya Oishi, based on the manga by Hiroaki Samura
Misaka Saka, Shigeji Maeda, Jeremy Thomas
Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sota Fukushi
Distributor: Icon Film Distribution