The 100th film by celebrated director Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition) is a samurai action epic taken to spectacular (and spectacularly violent) new heights. Manji (Takuya Kimura), a master samurai swordsman, is given the gift (or curse?) of immortality by a spooky old woman, who feeds him “bloodworms” that cause him to heal no matter how badly he is maimed in battle.
“Flat-out gorgeous … widescreen, lush and beautiful.”- Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Inquirer
Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, who he was unable to save, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He becomes the protector of a young girl named Rin (Hana Sugisaki), who is determined to avenge her parents, killed by a group of expert swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu (Sota Fukushi). The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine. Based on the manga series by Hiroaki Samura, Miike’s stunning film has heart, humor, and a hellacious body count courtesy of outlandish action sequences that showcase the filmmaker at his bloody best. (Dir. by Takashe Miike, 2017, Japan/UK, in Japanese with English subtitles, 140 mins., Rated R)