Blade of the Immortal (無限の住人, Mugen no jûnin) {Melbourne International Film Festival} – Film Review

Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) is a Japanese samurai action film based on the manga of the same name written by Hiroaki Samura. This film is directed by highly prolific cult director Takashi Miike who celebrates his 100th film with Blade of the Immortal. Takashi Miike is known for his visually spectacular gory fight scenes and doesn’t shy away from blood. In typical Takashi Miike style, Blade of the Immortal is a bloodbath of revenge.

Takuya Kimura plays Manji, a samurai who cannot die. Conflicted on whether his immortality is a gift or a curse, Manji has lived alone for many years mourning the sister that he lost long ago. Manji finds purpose in his life again when a young girl named Rin Asano, played by Hana Sugisaki finds him and requests for his help to avenge her parents who were murdered by a group of master swordsmen.

The cinematography is clever, the script is strong, the character development is there and the fight scenes are extraordinary. However, I would expect no less from Takashi Miike. Despite the high body count, Blade of the Immortal is funny, warm, endearing and entertaining as hell.

Blade of the Immortal is the perfect film to showcase Takashi Miike’s directorial talents in commemoration of his 100th feature and is literally bloody brilliant.

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