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. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - ...
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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. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine - the 100th film by master director Takashi Miike.
I enjoy samurai film, especially the Zatoichi films. In most of these, the hero might kill 10, 20 or even 30 baddies in the course of the story...and you just accept this instead of thinking through the logical flaws. However tough it is to accept this invincible hero, this is nothing like "Blade of the Immortal"...where you see more than 30 people killed before the opening credits!! In total, I am guessing you see about 300 killed by the hero/anti-hero...and this doesn't count those killed by the baddies!! Because of this, it's basically a bloodbath from start to finish punctuated by a few scenes involving the plot.
As for the plot, the story begins 50 years earlier. Manji is a wanted man and you see him fight off about 30 of more baddies--with arms, legs and blood flying everywhere. But, Manji is mortally wounded despite his wiping out everyone. Then, a hooded woman arrives and announces he's cursed and inserts holy blood worms into his wound...and they keep him alive despite his injuries. In fact, the limb he's lost rejoins the body!!
Now the story jumps ahead 50 years. A group of evil baddies are wiping out dojos of swordsmen throughout Edo (modern Tokyo). In the process, Rin's father is butchered in front of her and her mother raped...and this girl is now an orphan. She is told about Manji by this same hooded woman...and she seeks him out to be her protector AND instrument of revenge. What follows is the bloodbath as Manji hacks his way through not only this group of baddies...but government baddies as well.
Overall, it's moderately enjoyable but because the gore and violence was so nonstop, it all made me feel a bit numb to it all. I would have preferred a tad more story and a tad less emphasis on one boss battle after another.
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