Blade of the Immortal

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Blade of the Immortal

#1 Post by domino harvey » Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:33 am

Arrow Video is proud to present Blade of the Immortal, the thrilling, action-packed 100th feature from the Japanese master of genre films, Takashi Miike (Audition, 13 Assassins).

Based on the Manga series of the same name by Hiroaki Samura, Blade stars Takuya Kimura (Love and Honour) as Manji, a highly skilled samurai, who becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain him his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin (Hana Sugisaki) avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu (Sôta Fukushi). The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine...

This blistering samurai film matches impressive performances with an impossibly high body-count and expertly-filmed scenes of combat. Blade is set to become one of its directors most revered films, and is presented here by Arrow Video with a wealth of special features.

STEELBOOK SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

Limited Edition Steelbook (4000 copies)
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio (Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles
Takashi Miike on Blade of the Immortal, a new interview with the legendary director filmed exclusively for Arrow Video at the 2017 London Film Festival
Audio commentary by Asian cinema expert Tom Mes
Manji vs. 300, behind the scenes featurette documenting the shooting of the film's thrilling climax
Extensive cast interviews filmed on the set during production
Stills gallery
Original trailers
Reversible sleeve featuring Arrow Films theatrical poster art and original artwork
Illustrated collector's booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel [SPECIAL EDITION EXCLUSIVE]

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Re: Blade of the Immortal

#2 Post by domino harvey » Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:33 am

Not a new announcement, just another film we forgot to make a thread for

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Re: Blade of the Immortal

#3 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:15 pm

Glad to see it arrive in the UK. Interestingly "Manji" is also the name of a Buddhist symbol, which unfortunately for its connotations in the West is a swastika! Though the Buddhist symbol faces the opposite way from the direction of the Nazi swastika.

One of the interesting aspects of this film being released internationally is that Manji wears the symbol on his back in the manga, but in the film version this has been replaced by a different symbol that he wears on his back, presumably because even though it is a historical set film and not intended to raise ideas of Nazism in any way, and the symbol is significantly albeit slightly different (it is also meant to have more positive connotations), people without that knowledge might not react well to it!

(I remember first running across this issue back when Yasuzo Masumura's Manji was released)

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