Blade of the Immortal

2017

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Reviewed by amc 9 / 10

Just read the manga!

Another attempt at compacting 30 volumes in a 2 hour movie. We often say that a book is always better than it's movie adaptation. Well, it's also the case here. Having read the manga, I strongly suggest that you read it first, avoiding the spoilers in the movie, and enjoying the great work of Hiroaki Samura.

Reviewed by WraithApe 9 / 10

Miike Spectacular

Prolific auteur director Miike Takashi's '100th film' is a bit of a cracker! Blade of the Immortal is a samurai film based on a manga of the same name starring Takuya Kimura as Manji, an immortal samurai and blade for hire who Rin enlists as a bodyguard to avenge her father's death at the hands of master swordsman Anotsu Kageisha. The film is set in the Edo Period, mid-way through the Tokugawa shogunate and the feud between the shogun and Kageisha's Itto-Ryu ("One-Sword School") forms a political backdrop to the action. It is primarily an action movie, but sub-plots like this and a very human element in the developing relationship between Manji and Rin (a strange master-student relationship where the student never really learns anything) prevent it from feeling like a constant onslaught. The fight scene choreography is spectacular though, and the cinematography and sound design masterful. If the opening scene doesn't bring a smile to your face, I'd have to say you're just not really into samurai or fantasy films!It has more of a comic book sensibility than 13 Assassins, as you might expect given that the source material is manga, but it holds its own with Miike's other great period piece. There isn't a lot of depth here, but it's solidly written, well- acted (if I were being uber-critical, I'd say Hana Sugisaki's performance might have been dialled down a notch) and the pacing is just about right, so that it never drags despite the fairly long run time. I wasn't really aware of him before but apparently Takuya Kimura is a well-known Idol actor in Japan so Miike casts him against type here and really goes for the full comic book anti-hero, laying waste to his Idol image with scars across his face and a defective right eye. There's something of Toshiro Mifune in his performance and it's a safe bet that the film owes a lot of its visual style to samurai films of the 60s and 70s but as ever, Miike dials everything up to 11 - the violence, the characterizations and surreal touches - to deliver something broadly familiar yet joyously bizarre in the finer details.

Reviewed by MartinHafer 9 / 10

Windless mayhem, blood and violence.

I enjoy samurai film, especially the Zatoichi films. In most of these, the hero might kill 10, 20 or even 30 baddies in the course of the story...and you just accept this instead of thinking through the logical flaws. However tough it is to accept this invincible hero, this is nothing like "Blade of the Immortal"...where you see more than 30 people killed before the opening credits!! In total, I am guessing you see about 300 killed by the hero/anti-hero...and this doesn't count those killed by the baddies!! Because of this, it's basically a bloodbath from start to finish punctuated by a few scenes involving the plot.As for the plot, the story begins 50 years earlier. Manji is a wanted man and you see him fight off about 30 of more baddies--with arms, legs and blood flying everywhere. But, Manji is mortally wounded despite his wiping out everyone. Then, a hooded woman arrives and announces he's cursed and inserts holy blood worms into his wound...and they keep him alive despite his injuries. In fact, the limb he's lost rejoins the body!!Now the story jumps ahead 50 years. A group of evil baddies are wiping out dojos of swordsmen throughout Edo (modern Tokyo). In the process, Rin's father is butchered in front of her and her mother raped...and this girl is now an orphan. She is told about Manji by this same hooded woman...and she seeks him out to be her protector AND instrument of revenge. What follows is the bloodbath as Manji hacks his way through not only this group of baddies...but government baddies as well.Overall, it's moderately enjoyable but because the gore and violence was so nonstop, it all made me feel a bit numb to it all. I would have preferred a tad more story and a tad less emphasis on one boss battle after another.

Reviewed by MisterWhiplash 9 / 10

Happy 100th film, Miike, may there be 100 more!

Blade of the Immortal, which charts one man who gets immortality thrust upon him (he doesn't quite want it but, hey, the supernatural happens sometimes, gosh-darnit), and 50 years later the un-killable Manji sees a young girl who appears to be at least physically a reincarnation of his long lost slain-by-a-tattoed-psycho swordsf***er daughter Machi (now Rin, the two are played by Takuya Kimura and Hana Sugisaki respectively), and who's father and mother were killed by the ruthless Anotsu Kagehisa (a fairly stone-faced and at first seeming to be too cool Fukushi, near the end he sheds some of that). She swears revenge, but since she's all of 8 or 9 and has (limited) throwing star ability, a little help from a bigger, especially jaded-and-tired-of-life killer is the way to go.This is Miike's 100th movie, and he knows in the best, most bloody and classical badass way. He has learned a lot over this many films - some of them quite masterful, a number of them crap, all of a signature wildman-maverick I'm-a-sick-all-get-out, but-I-love-cinema taste that we do not (genuinely) get much anymore in genre cinema - and the key things to me are that he knows when to show patience in the story, to let a scene or shot breathe between this Wolverine-with-blood-worms Tonin and the girl, to get actors who can do the finest work of their careers, and when to let the choreographers unleash their brilliance. I didn't think 13 Assassins could go farther, but I was wrong. Even the Wolverine connection surprises; dare I say it, but this may kind of be the better Logan movie of 2017 than the actual one (up to a point).Sometimes, a little late-night epic revenge saga with an 800 year-old immortality-bestowing wizard lady, samurai who use their chopped-off appendages to their advantage (the bones can be weapons naturally), even a little governmental corruption and intrigue, is just what you need. Id like to think it's not so much an homage to 60s samurai movies, both in composition and movement and the high emotions and stoicism of the narrative and characters than it is just that Miike traveling back in time and shooting his with better quality film stock and slightly faster cutting here and there, but not too much. It's professionally made, but from the burning soul of an artist.This is a blast for the jaded cinephile, and it manages to be a treat for those who are hardcore fans of Japanese samurai/Ronin swordplay films while also appealing to those who may be relative newcomers.

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