Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) Reviews

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December 10, 2017
It's a stylish slash fest, which delivers visceral thrills along with quietly striking moments of beauty.
December 8, 2017
This is gory, violent, often extremely witty and completely relentless.
December 8, 2017
Overlong but stylish and arresting.
December 8, 2017
Striding vigorously through 141 minutes of Miike's largesse, Blade is arguably too much of a good thing. But hey, that's immortality for you.
December 8, 2017
It's lots of fun and ridiculously violent, but the running time means it eventually becomes wearisome.
December 7, 2017
Even at a patience-stretching two-hour-plus running time, the mayhem Miike unleashes is deliriously inventive.
December 7, 2017
The point of it all? Nothing more than a flash of steel in the darkness, it seems.
December 7, 2017
[An] expansive and surreally violent supernatural action movie; you could almost call it an undead samurai picaresque.
December 7, 2017
Truly epic.
December 7, 2017
Stylish, soaked in gore, and unconventional, it's another winner from Miike. Here's to the next hundred. At his current rate, that should be in 2025.
December 6, 2017
Stylistically, save for a few acrobatic leaps and jumps, the swordplay is more akin to that found in traditional samurai films than those in the 'wire-fu' films that saw a rise in prominence in western cinemas at the turn of the century.
December 6, 2017
Takashi has lost none of his eye-popping style, blood-soaked energy and madcap wit. This is a groaning sashimi board of slice'n'dice carnage that's decidedly not for the faint of stomach.
December 5, 2017
This slice-and-dice epic has soul.
December 5, 2017
One of the few directors who can play a multi-sword evisceration for laughs, Miike has served up another frenetic joy.
December 4, 2017
It's not for the easily offended. However the unlikely combination of ultra-violence and compassion may just slash its way to your heart.
December 4, 2017
The 100th film by Takashi Miike is a stylish, bloody action epic in the same vein as his 13 Assassins.
December 1, 2017
Blade of the Immortal's best element proves to be its main character, whose deadpan, long-suffering demeanor gives the film its final touch of welcome absurdity.
November 22, 2017
A spectacular refinement of the prolific auteur's finest strengths.
November 17, 2017
There's philosophy under the surface.
November 17, 2017
The 100th film by Takashi Miike is, by his own account, something of a "mash-up" of previous work. Given that his work is largely about mashing things up, the 56-year-old director is right in his wheelhouse.
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