11 Nov 9:00 pm: Blade of the Immortal
Director: Takashi Miike
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Takashi Miike’s 100th feature film, appropriately enough, concerns itself with an unstoppable samurai. Struggling for his life in the aftermath of a battle, Manji (Takuya Kimura) is visited by a mysterious veiled woman who imbues him with sacred bloodworms. These wriggling creatures act as reverse parasites, living within his bloodstream and instantly healing any wound he suffers.
The philosophical ramifications of immortality are beside the point in this inventive bloodbath of a samurai romp. Blessed – or cursed – by his newfound immortality, Manji takes on the role of bodyguard to Rin (Hana Sugisaki), a young girl seeking vengeance on the man who killed her parents.
The stage is now set for a series of magnificently elaborate and bloody set pieces, as Takashi Miike dreams up ever more gory ways in which to kill his characters. Lavish costumes, hairstyles and, in particular, outlandish weaponry, ensure that Blade of the Immortal should treat your eye, even as it turns your stomach.
Japanese with English subtitles.
Starring: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi
Produced in: Japan
Running time: 140 mins