Legendary Japanese director Takashi Miike just made his 100th film with Blade Of The Immortal, his highly-anticipated title based on Hiroaki Samura’s long-running manga Blade Of The Immortal.
Adapted from the manga series that began in 1993 by Hiroaki Samura, Blade Of The Immortal begins with a sequence in black and white, with samurai Manji (Takuya Kimura) cutting a swathe through a horde of bounty hunters after the murder of his sister. The story continues after Manji is split open and restorative worms are placed inside him, granting him longevity and–you guessed it!–immortality. Cut to 50 years later (and full color) the immortal warrior Manji is enlisted by a young girl to avenge her parents’ slaughter by master swordsmen.
Check out the first trailer for Blade Of The Immortal below:
Paced like a series of panels out of the manga, Blade Of The Immortal is a rapid-paced, 140-minute extravaganza from one of the world’s most absurdly glorious action directors. The trailer also showcases just how much Miike is ripping right from the Manga, though it may deviate from the source material some, it holds true to the basic premise and brings many of the characters to full, live-action life.
Blade of the Immortal is a Samurai Action about an immortal warrior,” said Miike. “Love and tears splatter with arms, legs and heads that are chopped and splattered. I hope the audience will be prepared for this and enjoy the film.”
It’s also incredible to note that this is Miike’s 100th feature film. Starting in the early nineties, Miike bounced around doing music videos, commercials and home video releases all while directing almost 5-6 features a year. He doesn’t plan to slow down here with two more movies already planned and slated for release. There is something fitting for his 100th feature film to debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, and to take on material with an ardent fan base. At 56, this guy is already a legend, and who knows how many movies he’ll do in the end?
You can also check out the Japanese trailer for the film, and in case you were wondering, the song comes from Japanese superstar Miyavi:
The film stars Takuya Kimura as Manji, alongside newcomer Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi, Ebizô Ichikawa, and veterans of the screen Min Tanaka, and Tsutomu Yamazaki. It had its international premiere playing out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival just this past week.
Tetsuya Oishi wrote the screenplay and produced by the prolific Jeremy Thomas, as well as Misako Saka, and Shigeji Maeda, in association with Warner Bros Japan, with Magnet releasing recently acquiring the US rights to the movie which is sold by HanWay. Blade of the Immortal marks the second collaboration between Miike and Magnet, following 2011’s wildly successful samurai film 13 Assassins.
Look for Takashi Miike’s Blade Of The Immortal sometime in 2017.
Images: Magnet Releasing, HanWay Films