Blade of the Immortal (18)
Japan/2017/141mins/18 Dir: Takashi Miike With: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi
Manji, a Shogunate era samurai saved by a witch after a vicious battle. Plying him with bloodworms, she gives him the dubious gift of eternal life. Haunted by the memory of his sister, Manji sees an opportunity for vengeance when he meets a young girl orphaned by murderers - and takes on the culprits, a team of master swordsmen. One by one, Manji tracks them down, leading the audience through one stylised showdown after another; all brilliantly choreographed. Based on the manga series by Hiroaki Samura the prolific and controversial director Takashi Miike's 100th film is outlandishly violent and brutally comic.