Blade of the Immortal Review

There’s nothing quite like a samurai movie where one guy carves their way through a literal army of anonymous (but probably evil) enemies. It’s a tradition that extends through films like the iconic Lone Wolf & Cub films, the classic Sword of Doom, the totally awesome Azumi, and now Takashi Miike’s blood-splattered and emotionally ripping Blade of the Immortal.

Based on a manga series by Hiroaki Samura, Blade of the Immortal tells the story of Manji (Takuya Kimura), a samurai who killed 100 men for his master, destroyed his sister’s life in the process, and then watched her get slaughtered before he could atone for his sins. Manji takes his bloody revenge but is denied his own death by an 800-year-old sorceress named Yaobikuni (Yko Yamamoto), who fills his body with disgusting bloodworms which close every one of his wounds and make him immortal.

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