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Section: Horizons
Country: Japan /UK
Year: 2017

 

Mugen no jûnin (Blade of the Immortal)

color/151 minutes

Director: Takashi Miike. Screenplay: Tetsuya Oishi (based on the manga by Hiroaki Samura). Cinematographer: Nobuyasu Kita. Editing: Kenji Yamashita. Music: Koji Endo. Cast: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sota Fukushi, Ebizo Ichikawa, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda, Min Tanaka, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuki Kitamura, Chiaki Kuriyama, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Ken Kaneko, Yoko Yamamoto.

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.

Production:
Warner Bros, Magnet Releasing, CJ Entertainment
World Sales:
Hanway Films

Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike was born in the small town of Yao on the outskirts of Osaka, Japan. At the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama. He spent almost a decade working in television, in many different roles, before becoming an assistant director in film to, amongst others, his old mentor Imamura. The "V-Cinema" (Direct to Video) boom of the early 1990s was to be Miike's break into directing his own films, as newly formed companies hired eager young filmmakers willing to work cheap and crank out low-budget action movies. His international breakthrough came with Audition (1999), and since then he has an ever expanding cult following in the west. His films being known for their explicit and taboo representations of violence and sex, as seen in such works as Visitor Q (2001) (Visitor Q), Ichi the Killer (2001) (Ichi The Killer) and the Dead or Alive Trilogy: Dead or Alive (1999, 2000, 2002).

 

 

 

Selected Filmography:

1995 Shinjuku Triad Society
1996 Fudoh: The New Generation
1997 Rainy Dog
1997 Young Thugs: Innocent Blood
1998 The Bird People of China
1999 Audition
2000 Dead or Alive (2000)
2000 Dead or Alive 2: Birds
2000 Andromedia
2000 City of Lost Souls
2001 Ichi the Killer
2001 The Happiness of the Katakuris
2001 Visitor Q
2002 Dead or Alive: Final
2003 Gozu
2005 The Great Yokai War
2005 Hostel
2007 Sukiyaki Western Django
2007 Like a Dragon
2010 13 Assassins
2011 Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei)
2013 Straw Shield
2015 Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War of the Underworld
2017 Blade of the Immortal