Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) (2017)
Critics Consensus: Blade of the Immortal highlights Takashi Miike’s flair for balletic violence, making up what it lacks in strict originality with rich characterizations and kinetic thrills.
Critic Reviews for Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin)
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What I daresay is the most violent samurai epic ever struck off by the hand of man.
The 100th feature by genre master Takashi Miike transcends conventions of Japanese swordplay films with both fantasy and graphic violence.
One of Takashi Miike’s most lethal works.
Further proof that of all the genres he dabbles in, samurai cinema is the one that brings out the grandest entertainer in Miike. Here’s to 100 more.
Miike has a flair for depicting cruelty and violence, and such talent is usually rewarded, especially in the service of tales of strife-filled ancient Japan.
…a gruesome, 2 1/2 hour slash ‘n burn thrill that is like Wolverine if he were born in ancient Japan.