Mugen no jûnin [Blade of the Immortal] (2017)

Mugen no jûnin
Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Tetsuya Oishi
Based on: Hiroaki Samura‘s manga series
Cast: Takuya KimuraHana SugisakiSôta FukushiHayato IchiharaErika TodaKazuki KitamuraChiaki KuriyamaShinnosuke MitsushimaKen KanekoYôko YamamotoEbizô IchikawaMin TanakaTsutomu Yamazaki
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 22.9.2017

Manji (Takuya Kimura) is a great samurai, but when he is unable to protect his sister, he is cursed with immortality. Hoping to regain his soul and mortality by fighting evil, he travels the lands until he encounters Rin (Hana Sugisaki) who looks a lot like his sister and needs help to avenge her parents. Manji promises to help and gets drawn deeply into the fight against Anotsu (Sôta Fukushi) and his master swordsmen.

It feels like Blade of the Immortal is one and the same scene repeated over and over again. It’s a good scene, but not that good that I wanted to see it that often and for that long.

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Kuime [Over Your Dead Body] (2014)

Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Kikumi Yamagishi
Cast: Ko ShibasakiEbizô IchikawaHideaki ItôMiho Nakanishi
Part of: Viennale
[Review by cornholio.]

Actress Miyuki (Ko Shibasaki) and her much less famous boyfriend Kosuke (Ebizô Ichikawa) star in a play based on the story of Yotsuya Kaidan. The possessive love story of the play translates to their lives as well and soon the lines between the two become blurry.

Unfortunately I don’t know the original play and without that knowledge, the film was only partly understandable. Not only that, it’s only mildly interesting. Maybe if I had known it, I would have discovered subtleties that remained elusive for me and that could have made the film more interesting. But as is, I just thought it was pretty shallow.



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