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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Gokudou daisensou [Yakuza Apocalypse] (2015)

Gokudou daisensou
Director: Takashi Miike
Writer: Yoshitaka Yamaguchi
Cast: Hayato Ichihara, Lily Frankie, Yayan Ruhian, Riko Narumi, Reiko Takashima
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 26.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Kamiura (Lily Frankie) is a revered yakuza boss and nobody admires him more than his right hand man Kageyama (Hayato Ichihara). But the a group of strange assassins are sent after Kamiura. When he refuses to bow to their demands, Kyoken (Yayan Ruhian) manages to kill him. Kageyama, unable to do anything, finds Kamiura dying. But before he passes, Kamiura reveals to Kageyama that he is a vampire. He bites Kageyama and dies. Kageyama decides to use his powers to avenge Kamiura. But vampire powers are not that easily handled.

Yakuza Apocalypse is an enchanting mix of weirdness but it becomes a little too strange for its own good. But as it falls apart there are still many things to love about it.



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