Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin) Reviews

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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
[An] expansive and surreally violent supernatural action movie; you could almost call it an undead samurai picaresque.
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.
November 17, 2017
Swords are drawn, guts are spilled, and so forth, but it feels as if the man who made the all-timers Ichi the Killer and Dead or Alive 2: Birds is merely going through the motions.
November 3, 2017
It is being touted as "Miike's 100th film" and, while one could argue whether the numbering is strictly correct, it's close enough to be reasonable. Here's to another 100.
November 3, 2017
It's that balance of Miike's experience with his retained childlike energy in making a kick-ass samurai movie that keeps this journey engaging.
November 2, 2017
The director's 100th feature, Blade of the Immortal shows Miike to have lost none of the madcap energy and wit that characterize his best work. And while this is not that, it's still got more style to burn than almost any recent Hollywood actioner.
November 2, 2017
Miike retains his twisted sense of humor, with mangling and disemboweling deployed for comic effect. And after 99 movies, he certainly knows how to make action memorable.
November 2, 2017
Marvel Studios probably won't be hiring Takashi Miike to direct his take on any of its properties any time soon. But Blade Of The Immortal makes that seem like an exciting idea.
November 2, 2017
"Blade" goes for the carotid while offering a classic look and a comic-book story. It's part Kurosawa, part "X-Men," part "Ichi the Killer."
November 2, 2017
Though not nearly as mindful or meaty as Mr. Miike's 2011 triumph, "13 Assassins," "Blade" is creatively gory fun.
November 2, 2017
How does a good director like Takashi misfire so badly?
November 1, 2017
Come for the gory swordplay, stay for the half-serious melodrama.
November 1, 2017
Blade of the Immortal is flat-out gorgeous.
November 1, 2017
Blade of the Immortal is Takashi Miike's 100th film. Perhaps he, too, feels like an ageless warrior who can't possibly be harmed each time he gets behind the camera. And while this new effort may lack for originality, it certainly has its share of pluck.
October 31, 2017
What I daresay is the most violent samurai epic ever struck off by the hand of man.
May 18, 2017
The 100th feature by genre master Takashi Miike transcends conventions of Japanese swordplay films with both fantasy and graphic violence.
May 18, 2017
One of Takashi Miike's most lethal works.
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