Kimura Takuya Cannot Die In Miike's BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL Teaser

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Kimura Takuya Cannot Die In Miike's BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL Teaser

Another day, another project from one of Japan's most prolific and talented directors, Miike Takashi. His latest project is an adaptation of Samura Hiraoki's manga Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Jūnin). The manga, which ran in serial form beginning in 1993, is the story of a cursed Ronin, or masterless samurai, who is damned with a body that cannot die, even from the most heinous wounds. The only way he can regain mortality is by killing 1,000 evil men as penance for a life of villainy.

Needless to say, the film should be pretty damn bloody, and to help counter the mayhem Miike has cast the J-pop heartthrob Kimura Takuya. Besides being an actor in both live action and voice acting for anime, Kimura is a member of the outrageously popular pop act SMAP. However, he's put in some great performances in film like Wong Kar Wai's 2046 and Yamada Yoji's Love and Honor, so he has some talent.

There's not a lot of footage in this first teaser, but I think it's pretty clear where Miike is taking this one. I'm envisioning lots of severed limbs and unsated pleas for mercy. As with anything Miike, I'll be waiting with high hopes to see how this one turns out.

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EmmJayNovember 11, 2016 2:05 PM

I hope Miike manages to retain Samura Hiraoki's exploitation-esque fetishistic approach to gender & violence, and his political cynicism. Even in the manga's rough patches or during the mid-2000's title glut when bookstore shelves overflowed with forgettable Asian violence comics those elements (and its next level artwork) made Blade of the Immortal something special.

MehliensNovember 11, 2016 3:53 PM

Miike is the Uzi of asian filmmakers

bricriu .November 11, 2016 5:10 PM

Hopefully it ends better than the anime. Cliffhanger FTL.

Theodore WirthNovember 11, 2016 6:01 PM

Miike is the shite. Still reeling from YAKUZA APOCALPYSE.

Rage72November 13, 2016 6:29 PM

Looks amazing! I hope it's on par with Rurouni Kenshin movies.

Rage72November 13, 2016 6:30 PM

Man, I was so let down by YA...The first 45 minutes were great, and it slowly started to fall apart.

GuyNovember 14, 2016 10:54 AM

This is perfect material for Miike!