Upcoming Magnet-released manga-adaptation film Blade of the Immortal just got its first Red Band trailer. For those wanting all that glorious blood and guts that the film is sure to produce, you can get a first look here.
Based on the manga by Hiroaki Samura, Blade of the Immortal is about an unkillable samurai and his warpath across feudal Japan. He has been kept alive by a curse and “sacred bloodworms”, which keep him alive until he kills 1000 evil men. He is approached by a young girl who works with him to gain revenge on the people who killed her father, and this leads to an unlikely partnership between the two.
Naturally, it was made into an anime due to its popularity.
The action scenes look pretty damn solid in the trailer. The anachronistic backing track adds a lot of fun too, and it gives the proceedings a Tarantino vibe, which is pretty ironic considering Tarantino made Kill Bill, which was a send-off to the genre of Japanese samurai and kitchen sink martial arts movies. This movie looks to be trying to maintain the high-octane vibes of classical martial arts films with a touch of good humor and camp.
Even more interesting is the fact that this is director Takashi Miike‘s 100th film, which is a work ethic even freaking film machine Robert Rodriguez doesn’t have.
Sorry, I can’t stop name-dropping exploitation film directors. Dario Argento. Nicholas Winding Refn. Steven R. Monroe.
Have you watched Neon Demon? You need to check that movie out. It’s a freaking trip.
Anyway, this looks to be a solid film adaptation. Even if it may not quite capture the source material, the action looks solid and the humor funny.
Blade of the Immortal will be released in the US on November 3rd. If you want to watch the previous trailer, click here.