Prolific Fic Pro
Takashi Miike makes a LOT of movies.
In Hollywood, we call a filmmaker prolific if they make one movie every few years. But Takashi Miike laughs in the face of even the speediest directors – he’s releasing two movies in 2017 alone. And a TV series. And has directed 15 movies since 2011. He’s a machine.
And his newest film, Blade of the Immortal, is a jaw-dropping milestone. This live-action adaptation of the Japanese manga series by Hiroaki Samura is Miike’s 100th movie. If the bloody new red band trailer is any indication, he hasn’t lost any of the insane and darkly comedic nerve that has defined his career so far.
Blade of the Immortal looks like an old school samurai movie, albeit one with a supernatural twist – the lead character cannot die, a curse that will only be broken once he’s taken the lives of enough evil men. And the trailer makes it pretty clear that he’ll be facing plenty of evil men throughout this movie. And killing them. Lots and lots of them. Although he’s made his fair share of fantasies and comedies and horror movies, this looks like Miike in his element, complete with geysers of blood and pitch-black gallows humor.
Keep your eyes on Blade of the Immortal. This could be a blast. Magnet will release Blade of the Immortal in theaters on November 3, 2017.
Here you go! Hope you like blood! (Talk about a literal red band trailer.)
And here’s the synopsis of the plot, for all you who haven’t checked out the manga:
Samurai Manji has taken a lot of lives, both innocent and guilty, and now lives life in feudal Japan as a criminal. After being cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men, Manji meets a young girl who enlists him to be her body-guard. Swearing loyalty, protection and vengeance against the group of sword fighters who slaughtered her family, the unlikely duo set on a remarkable quest to make right against those who did them wrong.