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Blade of the Immortal (#2017)

Blade of the Immortal (#2017)

His path is paved in blood.Apr. 29, 2017Japan140 Min.R
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Blade of the Immortal (#2017)

Blade of the Immortal (Japanese: 無限の住人, Hepburn: Mugen no jūnin) is a 2017 samurai film starring Takuya Kimura and Hana Sugisaki and directed by Takashi Miike. It is based on the successful manga series by Hiroaki Samura.[5][6] The narrative focuses on the immortal samurai Manji (Kimura) who becomes the bodyguard of an orphan teenager named Rin Asano (Sugisaki) as they go on a journey of revenge against the members of the Ittō-ryū samurais who killed the child’s parents.

Miike explored different themes in the story such as revenge but in a more complex manner as he sees Manji as a “dark hero” while the team also found to difficult to write multiple fight scenes in the film’s time. The director chose Kimura for the role of Manji due to the actor’s large popularity something which he felt was similar to the original manga that he also found popular. Sugisaki, on the other hand, was chosen for her energetic role in a commercial. The film premiered out of competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival,[1] and was released theatrically in Japan by Warner Bros. Pictures on 29 April 2017.

Grossing $8.40 million, the film did not manage to reach the expected success. However, the film got a generally positive response by critics for the handling fight scenes and the relationship between the two protagonists. It also achieved good sales in Japan involving its home media products. Samura expressed satisfaction when watching the final product. It was promoted to two awards but failed to obtain either of them.

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.

Blade of the Immortal (#2017)
Blade of the Immortal (#2017)
Blade of the Immortal (#2017)
Blade of the Immortal (#2017)
Blade of the Immortal (#2017)
Blade of the Immortal (#2017)
Blade of the Immortal (#2017)
Blade of the Immortal (#2017)
Original title 無限の住人
IMDb Rating 6.8 16,994 votes
TMDb Rating 6.5 377 votes

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Cast

Hana Sugisaki isMachi / Rin Asano
Machi / Rin Asano
Sota Fukushi isKagehisa Anotsu
Kagehisa Anotsu
Erika Toda isMakie Otono-Tachibana
Makie Otono-Tachibana
Ichikawa Ebizo XI isEiku Shizuma
Eiku Shizuma
Kazuki Kitamura isSabato Kuroi
Sabato Kuroi
Tsutomu Yamazaki isKensui Ibane
Kensui Ibane
Min Tanaka isKagimura Habaki
Kagimura Habaki

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