Manji (Takuya Kimura), a samurai cursed with immortality, is hired by a young woman (Hana Sugisaki) to avenge the death of her father. He quickly finds himself battling hundreds of adversaries, not only to help his charge but to win his own freedom as well. Sota Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, and Erika Toda co-star in this samurai action film, which is based on a manga of the same name and is the 100th film of prolific director Takashi Miike.~Garrett Spake
I never got to follow the whole series, but I actually used to read Blade of the Immortal when Dark Horse comics first began publishing the manga in serialized comic form. It had amazing art work, very cool writing, character design, lots of brutal and heavy moments, and all the samurai awesomeness you could want this side of Lone Wolf & Cub.
This film does as much to capture the entire first major arc of the story as anything could do in a feature length run time. It lacks a little bit of the "poetry" found in the manga, but it absolutely captures the look, the action, the characters, the concepts and the story. The fight sequences range from immensely epic bloodbaths, to intimate duels, and tense stand offs.
This was advertised as Takashi Miike's 100th film, and I was shocked that I'd only seen maybe 10 of his films in such a large body of work. Was a huge fan of IZO before, another samurai-oriented film, but this one might be my favorite of his. I enjoyed the movie so much that I decided to go back and get the steelbook, which looked particularly cool with great cover art, nice gloss, and a sturdy feel.
Highly recommended for anyone that likes slightly offbeat Asian cinema, Takashi Miike films, live action manga/anime adaptations (by the far one of the very best I've seen), or just really solid samurai films with a bend more towards action and style than the pensive, Kurosawa-esque refrain.