In the West, Takashi Miike is probably best known for gritty, gory thrillers like Audition, Ichi the Killer and 13 Assassins. With 100 movies under his name, the Japanese director qualifies as a cinema demigod. Fittingly, his newest movie, Blade of the Immortal, revolves around a long-lived samurai who's damn near impossible to kill.
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At its core, Takashi Miike's Blade of the Immortal is a straightforward samurai revenge flick. However, built around that is the platonic, primal ideal of what a samurai movie can be. It's non-stop symphony of murder and steel filled with unbelievable weapons, gruesome amputations, rivers of blood, and charismatic warriors. Its two-hour, 20-minute runtime feels like it's filled with as little talking and story as possible, just to fit in more swordfighting. And it's great.