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Blade of the Immortal (18)

Action, Drama

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Read more …


Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - the 100th film by master director Takashi Miike.

The critical consensus

Takashi Miike's manga adaptation combines a series of spectacular face-offs with a dash of moral fibre.

****(*)Emma Simmonds, The List, 04/12/2017

This slice-and-dice epic has soul.

Glenn Heath Jr, Little White Lies, 05/12/2017

Stylish, soaked in gore, and unconventional, it’s another winner from Miike. Here’s to the next hundred. At his current rate, that should be in 2025.

****(*)Chris Hewitt, Empire Online, 06/12/2017

Takashi Miike’s surreally violent action movie based in Hiroaki Samura’s long-running manga may not be his best work but is brutally dramatic.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 07/12/2017

Even at a patience-stretching two-hour-plus running time, the mayhem Miike unleashes is deliriously inventive.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 07/12/2017

Overlong but stylish and arresting.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 08/12/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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