Johnny's perennial idol and superstar Takuya Kimura will be collaborating with Takashi Miike for the first time in the live-action, The Blade of the Immortal. Based on the manga series "Mugen no Junin" by Hiroaki Samura, the movie is about revenge and immortality.
A lot has been said about Takashi Miike state of filmmaking recently. While his previous projects - Thirteen Samurai, Harakiri: Death of a Samurai and Ace Attorney were appreciated by both fans and critics, his more recent films were not. He has been doing movies since 1991, and it seems he's getting tired? Or it has something to do with the creative juices running out?
But this new movie with famous idol Kimutaku - who made a remarkable performance in Yoji Yamada's Love and Honor - maybe the right project to reclaim his reputation as the Japanese film industry's enfant terrible.
While Miike’s Visitor Q is shocking for its bizarre storyline and disturbing, sexually twisted scenes, his 2001 movie adaptation of the manga Ichi the Killer was so gory that audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival received promotional barf bags to accompany the film. More recently, his installment in the Masters of Horror television series was deemed so disturbing it was removed from the broadcast lineup. Miike personally selected Kimutaku to star as Manji so it will be interesting to see what type of live-action film springs forth from the unlikely partnership. [ source ]
- Takuya Kimura - Manji
- Hana Sugisaki - Rin Asano
- Sota Fukushi - Kagehisa Anotsu
- Hayato Ichihara - Shira
- Erika Toda - Makie Otonotachibana
- Ebizo Ichikawa - Eiku Shizuma
- Tsutomu Yamazaki - Kensui Ibane
- Min Tanaka - Kagimura Habaki
- Kazuki Kitamura - Sabato Kuroi
- Chiaki Kuriyama - Hyakurin
- Shinnosuke Mitsushima - Taito Magatsu
More details available at Asianwiki.
The short teaser above (first video) looks incredible. I hope that Miike is back in form and that his collaboration with Kimura may break his 'mediocre' spell.
Also much is to be expected from Hana Sugisaki. The young hopeful made waves in Pieta on the Toilet and will be seen next with Rie Miyazawa and Joe Odagiri in Her Love Boils Bathwater (湯を沸かすほどの熱い愛). This new film will serve as Sugisaki's launching pad for more acclaim and possibly better roles in the future.