The Rio Grind Film Festival: Blade of the Immortal
6:30pm - Thursday, Nov 16, 2017
Legendary (not to mention prolific) Japanese writer-director Takashi Miike has marked his 100th feature (!) as one of his hands-down best - a feast for the eyes, BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL is an utterly sweeping, fantasy-fueled samurai action-adventure epic. Takuya Kimura stars as Manji, a highly skilled samurai warrior who becomes cursed with immortality following a particularly brutal battle. Haunted by the savage murder of his younger sister, Manji knows that only fighting (and killing) evil will regain his soul, and free him from the curse. He finds himself promising to help train a young girl named Rin (Hana Sugisaki) avenge her own parents who were killed by a group of master swordsmen - led by a ruthless warrior named Anotsu (Sôta Fukushi). The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine...
"The 100th feature by genre master Takashi Miike transcends conventions of Japanese swordplay films with both fantasy and graphic violence." (Variety)
"Further proof that of all the genres he dabbles in, samurai cinema is the one that brings out the grandest entertainer in Miike. Here's to 100 more." (AV Club)
Thursday, November 16
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm *Start time subject to change.
Tickets $12 advance | $14 at the door
*This film screens as part of the Rio Theatre's Rio Grind Film Festival. Sorry, Groupons and regular Rio Theatre movie passes not accepted for this event. Both Rio Grind Film Festival Day Passes and Rio Grind Film Festival Passes available at www.riotheatretickets.ca
**Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
***Start times are subject to change. Please keep up-to-date at www.riotheatre.ca
BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL "Mugen no jûnin" (Takashi Miike, 2017 / 140 mins / Japanese with English subs) 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.
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