For over two decades, director Takashi Miike has garnered equal parts acclaim and controversy for his films due to their violent, often disturbing content. In recent years, Miike has become especially prolific, often directing one or two films per year. Next year, he will release his new action film “Blade of the Immortal,” about a warrior cursed with immortality who cannot free himself unless he kills 1,000 evil men. Based on the manga by the same name, the film stars Hana Sugisaki, Ebizô Ichikawa, Sôta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda, Kazuki Kitamura, Min Tanaka, Takuya Kimura and Tsutomu Yamazaki. Watch a very brief teaser trailer below.
Miike first garnered international fame with his 1999 romantic horror film “Audition,” about a widower who auditions women to become his next wife only for one to turn the tables on him. Around that time, he also released his yakuza epic “Dead or Alive,” about a gang war and a detective trying to bring it down, and “Ichi the Killer,” about a psychotic killer who witnesses feuding yakuza gangs. “Ichi” became notorious for its strong violence and cruelty and was outright banned in a few countries, including Norway, Malaysia and Germany.
“Blade of the Immortal” will open in Japan on April 29, 2017.