“With a body count in the thousands and a breakneck pitch that starts at feverishly intense and only builds upwards… certainly one of Takashi Miike’s most lethal works.” – IndieWire
As prolific as he is controversial, maverick director Takashi Miike returns with his 100th film and revisits the jidaigeki genre he previously mastered with the films 13 Assassins and Harakiri – Death of a Samurai. When bounty hunters kill his sister and leave him for dead, Manji is visited by a mysterious nun who grants him a strange immortality through the ability to self-heal. Years later, he is hired as a bodyguard for Rin, whose kendo-master father and pupils were slaughtered by the swordsmen of Itto-ryu.
Together they embark on a campaign of vengeance, culminating in an intricately choreographed, blood-soaked climax that will leave your head spinning.
Based on Hiroaki Samura’s hugely popular manga, Miike offsets his epic, bloody battle scenes with healthy doses of humour, fantasy and visual splendor.
Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sota Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda, Kazuki Kitamura
Takashi Miike was born in Osaka and graduated from the Yokohama School of Broadcast and Film. He has developed a cult following in the west for his extreme represen- tations of violence and sex, but his body of work also features comedy, musicals and family fare. His vast filmography includes Audition (1999), Ichi the Killer (2001), The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001), Gozu (2003) Thirteen Assassins (2010), Over Your Dead Body (2014), Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) and JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable (2017).
Cannes Film Festival 2017
Fantasia Film Festival 2017