The red-band trailer has arrived for Blade of the Immortal in all its sword-slicing, bloody glory. From Magnet Releasing, The adaptation of the manga series by Hiroaki Samura marks the 100th film from genre master Takeshi Miike.
The trailer begins with Samurai Manji walking through a dark forest as we’re reminded he’s not human; he’s immortal, as the title of the film suggests. Manji’s immortality is put to the test as he’s attacked and his arm cut off. His missing limb quickly begins to reconnect to his body, with blood tentacles illustrating the gruesome process. From there, we’re introduced to a young girl who enlists Manji’s help in avenging the death of her father. The girl is hardly a bystander, as we see her training and fighting alongside the immortal warrior.
Samurai Manji has taken a lot of lives, both innocent and guilty, and now lives life in feudal Japan as a criminal. After being cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men, Manji meets a young girl who enlists him to be her body-guard. Swearing loyalty, protection and vengeance against the group of sword fighters who slaughtered her family, the unlikely duo set on a remarkable quest to make right against those who did them wrong.
Blade of the Immortal will have its North American premiere at Fantastic Fest, held Sept. 21-28 in Austin, Texas, ahead of its limited theatrical release on Nov. 3. The film stars Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi, Ebizô Ichikawa, Min Tanaka and Tsutomu Yamazaki.
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