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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Okuribito [Departures] (2008)

Okuribito is the Oscar winning Japanese movie by director Yôjirô Takita, starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue and Tsutomu Yamazaki.

Daigo (Masahiro Motoki) plays cello in an orchestra, which unfortunately is only second rate and soon is closed. Out of desperation, Daigo and his wife Mika (Ryoko Hirosue) move back to Daigo’s hometown. Daigo stumbles upon an ad in the paper, offering a well-paid job you don’t need to have any experience for. Daigo applies and is promptly hired – only to find out that he now works for an undertaker, a profession hugely stigmatised in Japan.

Overall Okuribito was nice, but the story was predictable, the movie half an hour too long, some jokes were out of my comfort zone and I just didn’t think that the acting was particularly good. Even if it may sound like that right now, this is not a complete smashing of the movie.


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