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Blade of the Immortal (2017)

Mugen no jûnin (original title)
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Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - ... See full summary »

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Takashi Miike

Writers:

Hiroaki Samura (manga), Tetsuya Oishi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Takuya Kimura ... Manji
Hana Sugisaki ... Rin Asano / Machi, Manji's sister
Sôta Fukushi ... Anotsu Kagehisa
Hayato Ichihara ... Shira
Erika Toda ... Makie Otono-Tachibana
Kazuki Kitamura ... Sabato Kuroi
Chiaki Kuriyama ... Hyakurin
Shinnosuke Mitsushima ... Taito Magatsu
Ken Kaneko Ken Kaneko
Yôko Yamamoto Yôko Yamamoto ... Yaobikuni
Ebizô Ichikawa ... Eiku Shizuma
Seizô Fukumoto
Min Tanaka ... Kagimura Habaki
Masayuki Deai Masayuki Deai
Tsutomu Yamazaki ... Kensui Ibane
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Storyline

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - the 100th film by master director Takashi Miike.

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One of Takashi Miike's most lethal works See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence and carnage throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

Japan | UK | South Korea

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blade of the Immortal See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,569, 5 November 2017

Gross USA:

$150,532

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,162,617
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (Prologue is in black and white)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Manji is named after the symbol on his kimono in the original manga: the manji symbol being the Japanese Swazstika symbolising the cycle of life before it was bastardised by the Nazi regime. In the film the symbol is changed so as not to offend. In the original manga, manji has the symbol emblazoned on the earth of his kimono. See more »

Quotes

Rin Asano: Forgive me, brother.
Manji: That's "Big Brother," stupid!
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Version of Blade of the Immortal (2008) See more »

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Live to Die Another Day - Sonzai Shomei
Written by Miyavi, Lenny Skolnik, Tom Leonard and Amon Hayashi
Performed by Miyavi
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Underrated Film out of Japan is a MUST WATCH
12 November 2017 | by SearsinoSee all my reviews

It takes a lot to get me to leave a review (over 1000 titles rated, just 25 reviews). A film has to really be overrated OR on the other end of the spectrum. Blade of the Immortal is just that, an underrated film. Just to name some of the rare ones I felt an obligation to write about: V for Vendetta, Collateral Beauty, The Big Short, and Concussion.

Blade of the Immortal is an adaptation of a popular Japanese manga (comic) released in 1993. Having little familiarity with both the manga and TV adaptation, I will not give my opinion on how this compares. This is purely based on the way the story was told as well as the actors within.

This is a film with an outstanding cast. Takuya Kimura and Hana Sugisaki steal the show with performances that were beyond believable and packed to the brim with emotion.

Manji (Takuya Kimura) is a battle-hardened samurai who committed quite heinous crimes in a past life. A mysterious 800-year-old nun introduces a bloodworm into his body which will regerate/heal any damaged part of his body, thereby being cursed with immortality. In order to be freed from this eternal life, he has vowed to kill 1000 evil men.

Manji crosses paths with a young girl named Asano Rin (Hana Sugisaki) whose parents were murdered in front of her by a gang of elite fighters. He promises to help her avenge their death.

This film has both incredible choreographed fight scenes as well as great cinematography. I hadn't heard about it prior to viewing this and was quite taken aback. In all honesty, by having no background information of the movie I was able to truly enjoy this one. It's been hard these last few years to find new films that blow me away. Blade of the Immortal is one such film. Do yourself a favor and go watch it. Well worth the time.


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