Take a look at this energetic red band trailer released for Blade of the Immortal, the 100th film from prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi the Killer, 13 Assassins).
Based on Hiroaki Samura’s acclaimed manga series, the film follows a criminal samurai (Takuya Kimura) who has been cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men. Well, after meeting a young girl (Hana Sugisaki) and agreeing to avenge her slaughtered family, there’s no shortage of evildoers to take down.
Miike has been smashing out two or three films a year, sometimes even six, for a while now. Understandably, the unfolding sizeable C.V. has seen a mixed bag of films of varying quality; sometimes truly outstanding, other time mediocre, and sometimes completely forgettable. Early reviews suggest this one’s on-point Miike, and it’s easy to see why in this fun trailer. It’s looking gory, action-packed and humourous. Fingers crossed.
Blade of the Immortal opened in Japan on April 29 prior to its screening at Cannes in May and was part of the line up at the Sydney Film Festival & Melbourne International Film Festival here in Australia. The film is scheduled to hit U.S. cinemas on November 3.
Synopsis for Blade of the Immortal:
“Samurai Manji has taken a lot of lives, both innocent and guilty, and now lives life in feudal Japan as a criminal. After being cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men, Manji meets a young girl who enlists him to be her body-guard. Swearing loyalty, protection and vengeance against the group of sword fighters who slaughtered her family, the unlikely duo set on a remarkable quest to make right against those who did them wrong.”