A very bloody red band trailer (you’ve been warned) has been released for the live-action adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s manga Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no jûnin). Acquired for North American distribution by Magnet Releasing, an arm of Magnolia pictures with a focus on genre and foreign titles.
Written and directed by Takashi Miike (13 Assassins) famed for his blood and guts action the films, this marks his 100th directorial debut as credited on IMDB, and is scheduled to be released in North America on 3rd November after its premiere in the States at Fantastic Fest. The film is due to launch in the UK on 24th November according to the film site/mag Empire.
” Takuya Kimura stars as Samurai Manji, who 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 (Hana Sugisaki) who enlists him to be her bodyguard. 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.”
The manga ran from June 1993 to December 2012 and spanned 30 volumes. It was published in English by Dark Horse Comics. A thirteen episode anime adaptation of the manga was released in 2008 developed by Production I.G.
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