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Interview – Takashi Miike on Blade of the Immortal and what’s next for him

At this year’s Sitges Film Festival, Rafael Motamayor chatted with director Takashi Miike

Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition) is one of the most prolific directors working today. He’s directed over 100 television, video and film productions since his debut in 1991. He directed 15 productions between 2001 and 2002 alone. His 100th film, Blade of the Immortal is based on the eponymous manga series by Hiroaki Samura. The film follows Manji (Takuya Kimura), a samurai cursed with immortality and haunted by the brutal murder of someone closed to him. When he crosses paths with Rin (Hana Sugisaki) a young girl who asks Manji for help in avenging the death of her parents. What ensues is a bloody battle with a gang of skilled swordsmen bend of killing everyone in their path.

Can you talk about the opening scene and your decision of filming it in black and white?

Takashi Miike: When adapting the manga,
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Interview: Legendary Filmmaker Takashi Miike Discusses His 100th Film, Blade Of The Immortal

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Over this past weekend, legendary filmmaker Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition, Visitor Q, One Missed Call) celebrated the release of his 100th directorial effort, his big screen adaptation of Hiroaki Samura’s manga Blade of the Immortal. The story follows a young girl named Rin (Hana Sugisaki), who is seeking vengeance on the man who killed her father, the devious Anotsu Kagehisa (Sôta Fukushi). Rin hires the immortal warrior Manji (Takuya Kimura) to help her on her quest, and the two forge a deep bond on their travels, fighting off dangerous assassins, thugs, and mercenaries together.

While Miike was in Los Angeles this past Friday, Daily Dead had the opportunity to briefly speak with him, and we discussed his initial interest in adapting the Blade of the Immortal manga, the timelessness of his latest cinematic story, and whether or not he’s made plans for future projects after recently hitting 100 movies,
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Interview: Takashi Miike on Blade of the Immortal, Directing 100 Films, and More; New Clips!

When it comes to Asian cinema, there is probably no director more well known to the horror community than Takashi Miike. Responsible for directing films such as Audition, Gozu, One Missed Call, Ichi the Killer, and much, much more, the… Continue Reading →

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Violent Fight Clip from ‘Blade of the Immortal’ Slices into Human Flesh

Violent Fight Clip from ‘Blade of the Immortal’ Slices into Human Flesh
Evil has an undying enemy in Blade of the Immortal, director Takashi Miike’s (Audition) landmark 100th film. Magnet Releasing recently announced a November 3, 2017 date for Miike’s latest epic, and they’ve shared a clip ahead of the release. Let. Them. Fight. Based on Hiroaki Samura’s long-running manga of the same name, Blade of the Immortal follows an immortal […]
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Exclusive Look at New Poster for Takashi Miike’s 100th Film, Blade Of The Immortal

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Over the better part of three decades, filmmaker Takashi Miike has dazzled viewers with bold cinematic visions like 13 Assassins, Audition, and Ichi the Killer. Now, for his 100th film, Miike shows us the high body count that comes from a warrior who can't die in Blade of the Immortal, and we've been provided with an exclusive look at the alternative poster for the film.

You can check out the stylish slashes on the exclusive alternative poster below, and keep an eye out for Blade of the Immortal in theaters this November from Magnet Releasing.

Synopsis: "Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu.
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61st BFI London Film Festival Review – Blade of the Immortal (2017)

Blade of the Immortal, 2017.

Directed by Takashi Miike.

Starring Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi, and Kazuki Kitamura.

Synopsis:

In ancient Japan, a young girl watches as her entire family are butchered by a master swordsman and his gang. Swearing vengeance, she seeks the help of an immortal samurai to train her for battle.

When we talk of particularly prolific directors, Takashi Miike’s name doesn’t so much as come up as it does dominate the entire conversation. Even just so much as peaking at his genre-bending filmography from the last 25 years, at least two things become undeniably clear: Miike is one of, if not the most unhinged filmmaker on the planet, and Blade of the Immortal is, as advertised, his one hundredth film. That’s a lot of plots, a lot of characters and knowing Miike’s usual horror/action-driven fare, a lot of dead bodies. So it
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Takashi Miike’s Bloody Manga Adaptation ‘Blade of the Immortal’ Gets a Nsfw Trailer

Hold onto your limbs folks, because the red-band trailer for Takashi Miike's Blade of the Immortal is here and it's hacking away at everything in it's path. The manga adaptation marks the 100th film for the celebrated Japanese director responsible for countless genre favorites including Ichi the Killer, Audition, 13 Assassins, and Visitor Q, among many others. With Blade of the Immortal, Miike adapts from the Japanese manga series by Hiroaki Samura, setting the sword-swinging action in feudal Japan, where we find a man cursed with immortality until he can kill enough evil men. When …
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Gorgeously Orchestrated Action Featured in Red Band Trailer for Takashi Miike’s 100th Film, Blade Of The Immortal

Over the better part of three decades, filmmaker Takashi Miike has dazzled viewers with bold cinematic visions like 13 Assassins, Audition, and Ichi the Killer. Now, for his 100th film, Miike shows us the high body count that comes from a warrior who can't die in Blade of the Immortal, featured in a new red band trailer brimming with gorgeously orchestrated action piles of dismembered limbs.

"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."

Written and directed by Takashi Miike, Blade of the Immortal stars Takuya Kimura,
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Takashi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal Is Action Fantasy Horror at Its Most Bonkers!

Magnet Releasing has just unveiled a new trailer for Blade of the Immortal, the 100th film from iconic director Takashi Miike (Audition, 13 Assassins). Billed as an action/fantasy epic based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Hiroaki… Continue Reading →

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Colbert Visits Russian Late-Night Talk Show, 'Announces' Prez Campaign

Colbert Visits Russian Late-Night Talk Show, 'Announces' Prez Campaign
Stephen Colbert just met his Russian counterpart. (Sounds like the plot of a great spy novel, no?)

The late-night host officially launched “Russia Week” on Monday’s episode of The Late Show, in which he shared the first of five segments that were filmed on location in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

VideosKermit the Frog: Trump and Donald Jr. Audition to Voice Muppet on Late Show

In the video above, Colbert makes an appearance on Evening Urgant, Russia’s late-night talker that host Ivan Urgant describes as “closer to [Jimmy] Fallon than to John Oliver.”

Among the highlights of Colbert
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Neuchatel 2017 Interview: Takashi Miike on Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Joining the Academy and Shooting in Sitges

The 17th Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival is underway this week in the idyllic Swiss city, where Japanese director Takashi Miike is the guest of honour. The prolific auteur behind such classics as Audition, Ichi the Killer and 13 Assassins will be presenting the local premiere of Blade of the Immortal, which debuted earlier this year at Cannes, while Nifff has also bagged the world premiere of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable - Chapter 1. Miike made headlines last week as one of 774 international film industry members invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. In a record-breaking bid to increase diversity within the historically conservative and American-focused organisation, Miike was one of a number of high-profile additions...

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Takashi Miike is the Most Prolific Filmmaker in the World and He’s Not About to Slow Down

Takashi Miike is the Most Prolific Filmmaker in the World and He’s Not About to Slow Down
Our weekly Film Festival Roundup column explores notable stories and news updates from the circuit. For a rundown of the latest festival announcements, go here.

Just a few months after premiering his 100th movie at Cannes, Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike has already completed his 101st. The prolific director unveiled his outlandish samurai epic “Blade of the Immortal” in May, and will follow that up with “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable – Chapter 1,” set to make its North American premiere at the 21st edition of the Fantasia International Film Festival on its opening night, July 13.

No other filmmaker on the planet cranks out movies with Miike’s regularity, and he shows no sign of slowing down. How does he do it?

See More‘Blade of the Immortal’ Review: Takashi Miike’s Landmark Feature Is One of His Most Lethal Genre Offerings Ever — Cannes

Miike is best known in the West for his extreme genre efforts,
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Cannes 2017: Blade Of The Immortal review: Dir. Takashi Miike (2017)

Blade Of The Immortal review: Takashi Miike returns to the manga genre for this loud, brash and very violent affair that just about manages to hold the viewer’s attention for its very long run time.

Blade Of The Immortal review by Paul Heath at the Festival de Cannes 2017.

Blade Of The Immortal review // Cannes 2017

Blade Of The Immortal is filmmaker Takashi Miike‘s one-hundredth as director. Averaging three helming gigs a year since his feature debut Shinjuku Triad Society in the mid-1990s, Miike’s work has often delighted (Audition, Ichi The Killer), but sometimes disappointed (Ninja Kids anyone?).

Blade Of The Immortal (Mugen no j?nin in its native tongue) is a period action/ drama/ splatter-fest based on the manga book of the same name by Hiroaki Samura. The source material is actually a series of titles set in Japan during the mid-Tokugawa Shogunate period. Our protagonist here
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Bonus Feature Clips from La La Land, Now available on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD

Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s La La Land is now available on 4K, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. To celebrate its release, We Are Movie Geeks wanted to share these clips from the bonus features with you:

Ryan’s Piano Teacher:

Filming on the Ramp:

Costume Changes:

Iconic L.A.:

City for Dreamers:

Ryan and Emma:

Lionsgate announced today that the dazzling Academy Award® and Golden Globe®-winning music-filled masterpiece La La Land arrives on Digital HD on April 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand April 25 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate Company. Written and directed by Academy Award® winning director Damien Chazelle and starring Oscar® Best Actor nominee Ryan Gosling and Oscar® Best Actress winner Emma Stone, La La Land tells the story of Mia, an aspiring actress, and Sebastian,
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La La Land Coming to Digital HD April 11th and 4K, Blu-ray & DVD April 25th

“I think you should call it Seb’s because no one will come to a place called Chicken on a Stick.”

The Golden Globe and Academy Award winning La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will be dancing its way onto Digital HD on April 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On Demand April 25 from Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate Company.

Soon, you can own the movie that The St. Louis Film Critics Association called “The Best Film of the Year!” The new La La Land DVD, Blu-ray and 4k release comes with all new special features, including this clip:

Lionsgate announced today that the dazzling Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning music-filled masterpiece La La Land arrives on Digital HD on April 11 and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus
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10+ Years Later: Beyond Audition's Infamy

Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999) is a film whose memory has been all but condensed into a single image: a young Asian woman, soft-featured but wearing an unmistakably sinister side-long glance, holding up a syringe. This image was used for the film's promotional materials—posters, DVDs—and accompanied nearly every review and article written about the movie. Like the eyeball being prepped for slicing has for Un Chien Andalou, the image's ubiquity and the implications of the infamous scene have overshadowed the film itself. I gave real thought to using a different still for this article, but ultimately nothing else felt right. And would anyone even recognize it from another shot? For this edition of 10+ Years Later, I wanted to see if I could separate the film...

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Basic Instinct: Wasikowska & Christoper Abbott Topline Pesce’s “Piercing”

Making it back to back years, team Borderline folks didn’t waste much time pushing the career of their protégé. After turning heads and churning stomachs with The Eyes of My Mother (our ★★★★ review), filmmaker Nicolas Pesce borrows from Takashi Miike’s Audition (seminal J Horror film) source material adapting Piercing alongside Mia Wasikowska and oft utilized Borderline Films creative collab Christoper Abbott.

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‘Takashi Miike’s Black Society Trilogy’ Review (Arrow Video)

Takashi Miike will always be an interesting director for me. My gateway into his world was with Audition, but Ichi the Killer teased me into his world of the Yakuza and the Triad. Now with Arrow’s release of Black Society Trilogy we get to see a more controlled set of films, which still aren’t afraid to delve into some surreal Miike ultra violence.

Black Society Trilogy consists of Shinjuku Triad Society, Rainy Dog, and Ley Lines. Although seen as a trilogy, the only thing that actually connects the three are the themes of race, family, and the outsiders.

Shinjuku Triad Society is the tale of two brothers, a cop and a lawyer whose relationship is pulled apart during a war between the Triads and Yakuza. The cop, on the hunt for a killer also in the business of trafficking children’s organs fights to pull his brother out of the world,
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'The Ladies of The House' coming to DVD

Wildworks Productions announced today that Mvd Entertainment Group will release John Stuart Wildman’s The Ladies Of The House on DVD, December 13th.

The critically acclaimed grindhouse-style feminist thriller is available for pre-order at Mvd here and on Amazon.

The Ladies Of The House follows the fate of two brothers, Jacob and Kai, who, along with their friend Derek, go to a dance club to celebrate Kai’s birthday. After Derek convinces the other two to follow one of the dancers home, things take a tragic turn. However, that is simply the beginning of the nightmare for the young men, because her roommates (Getty, Lin and Crystal) aren’t just fellow dancers, they are also cannibals with a fierce sense of home and family – and a taste for men. After Kai quickly falls victim to Getty and Lin and is on his way to becoming the centerpiece of that evening’s meal,
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Kodoku: Meatball Machine Creates More Sauce with this First Trailer

Director Yoshihiro Nishimura (Tokyo Gore Police) has worked in horror as a make-up effects technician and director for several years, now. His latest production is titled Kodoku: Meatball Machine. Set for a 2017 release in Japan, the film's first trailer is almost nothing but bloodshed. Litres of blood are used as strange monsters battle each others. Bullets fire from breasts and chainsaws eviscerate the slow. While there is no North American release date scheduled, fans of horror can take a look at Japan's take on horror, here. Kodoku: Meatball Machine is a sequel. It follows the 2005 film, Meatball Machine. Both films deal with Necroborgs. Created by alien parasites, they turn their host in a murderous man-machine. Eihi Shiina (Audition), Takumi Saitô (13 Assassins), Ami Tomit (Tag) and Maki Mizui star in this latest film. More details, including a trailer, are available below, for this shocking title. Release Date: 2017 (Theatrical, Japan). Director: Yoshihiro.
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