Blade of the Immortal
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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 protect a young girl named Rin and help her 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... the 100th film by master director TAKASHI MIIKE.
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I guess i shouldn't be surprised that the legendary Takashi Miike would find a way to adapt it. I won't get too into the story and what/who was cut out because it's pointless to talk about in an adaptation like this. The important thing is that it got the point across. Overall, i found the movie very good. The costumes and weapons are spot on perfect. Most of the casting looks just like the manga (in particular Shira, Anotsu, and Magatsu) and the fight choreography is accurate right down to the story panels and the characters' classic poses and mannerisms. Manji didn't quite look like i imagined him but his portrayal was excellent. He had ALL the same mannerisms and even struck the same iconic poses throughout the movie. The attention to detail and being faithful to the characters was very much appreciated.
Although this is a very bloody and violent movie, it still does not reach the sheer artistic and beautiful bloodbath of the manga. i guess trying to replicate crazy splash page death scenes w/ CGI would look awful so for that i am very thankful. Highly recommended to any chanbara fans. You will probably enjoy it more if you have never read the manga before. Now if only someone would do a true faithful adaptation as a 4-5 season series...
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The choreography in the fight scenes and swordplay becomes an orchestra of death. Truly art.
Glad I didn't listen to that because the movie is really Good!!!!Read more