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ReikaBleu
9 people found this review helpful
Nov 14, 2017
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Overall 9.0
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 10
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 8.5
All the cast were great but of course (I am a Takuya Kimura fan through and through) Manji was the best. The fight scenes were fluid. It was bloody, very, but it was executed finely, I never had a look-away-it-is-gross moment. Miike did a great job of directing this, everything was just on point. And Takuya's voice was so manly, it was just how I imagine Manji would sound when I read the manga version. Takuya Kimura did an excellent job of portraying Manji, it is like he strips off his persona and wears this new person. You wouldn't even recognize him as his previous characters.

The over-all execution was really awesome, flawless, for me. The flow of the film from the black and white to the colored one was superb. I am not a big fan of bloody movies but I am glad I watched this. I am also very glad that they stuck to the manga as best as they can.
 
If there is one this I feel that is lacking, it is the musical scoring. I don't know if it was as intended but I felt like some scenes would have been more effective with a good background music.

Full review here: https://elijahmaliksmom.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/blade-of-the-immortal/

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OldAnimeLady
5 people found this review helpful
Nov 17, 2017
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Overall 9.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.5
Just finished watching this and was extremely happy I chose to watch this movie tonight.   Kimura was amazing. Erika Toda does excellent with her part.  If you like samurai movies AT ALL you must watch this movie.  I am a huge Kurosawa fan and this movie gives you the same feel.  More like Hidden Fortress than any of his other stuff.  Yes there is blood and gore but not too over the top.  The girl needing protection isn't too whiny or too stony she comes off as a real person.

I recommend this is you like action samurai movies.

Oh and the sound track at least the closing song I must find it!

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Senpai
1 people found this review helpful
Nov 29, 2017
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Overall 8.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 7.0
It is not a masterpiece, but it is above most other modern samurai films and good adaptation of the manga. A  manga series of "Hiroaki Samura" was for almost twenty years present  and surprising that it took so long to get a Live Action adaptation. "Blade of the Immortal" revolves around Manji, a samurai who has been cursed with immortality and can not die. He becomes the bodyguard of a new named Rin who comes seeking help to avenge the death of his parents. The film begins quite directly a classic chanbara. Once transited to the main plot, it becomes a modern interpretation of a samurai movie. The  themes of the film are sometimes heavy, mainly dealing with  repercussions of life forever, repentance and the cycle of life and  death. Everything is melodramatic, but fit the general epic tone of the narrative.
How fighting scenes are fantastic for the most part, since Manji has  battles with many different types of people who possess their unique  weapons and skill sets.
Like many samurai films, "Blade of the Immortal" has a complicated plot with a lot of political intrigue. With  the running time exceeding two hours, the film may feel as if it were  dragging sometimes with characters in general, going into long  monologues before and after fighting.

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PHope
0 people found this review helpful
May 19, 2019
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Overall 6.5
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 5.0
Rewatch Value 3.0
Blade of the immortal was good. But, if you have watched other sword themed movies with the same theme, you'll know that it's not the best out there.

So, I liked the action scenes, as there were plenty. The blood bath was okay, but, after a while, watching the fiftieth hand in the movie drop on the ground, you get a bit bored. The story overall was good as well and I liked the relationship between the two leads. In addition, the sword fights were well managed, but the cinematography could have been better.

So, six and a half out of ten.
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Luluk Ulhasanah
0 people found this review helpful
Mar 28, 2018
Completed 0
Overall 7.5
Story 4.5
Acting/Cast 5.5
Music 6.5
Rewatch Value 7.0
Segmen pertama dibuka dengan menggunakan efek hitam putih, sampai pada adegan Manji memperoleh kekuatan abadi. Saat cacing darah perlahan memasuki tubuh Manji, layar juga mulai menampilkan warna. Setelah adegan berpindah, kisahnya menjadi membosankan. Tak ada emosi, tak ada tensi ketegangan, yang disajikan oleh film ini hanyalah aksi pedang. Saya akui, aksi-aksinya memang terlihat nyata dan brutal, mengingatkan film The Raid. Sebenarnya film ini memiliki potensi dan ide yang menarik jika saja kisahnya loyal pada serialnya yang fokus pada tujuan dihidupkannya kembali Manji. Dalam filmnya, tidak dijelaskan alasan mengapa Manji harus mendapat keabadian dan bagaimana ia bisa terlepas dari kutukan tersebut. Pada kenyataannya, film ini terfokus pada balas dendam Rin Asano terhadap kelompok Itto-ryu saja. Beberapa poin dalam serialnya juga tidak diceritakan dalam film ini, dan tidak ada kepastian akan sekuelnya.

Setting, kostum, dan musiknya sudah sesuai dengan kisah filmnya. Realitas filmnya terjaga dengan baik dari awal hingga akhir. Adegan aksi berpedang yang minim penggunaan CGI menjadi poin lebih, terlebih luka sayatan pedang disajikan sangat realistis. Namun, durasi tiap aksinya agak terlalu lama hingga membuat penonton merasa lelah.

Akting kedua pemain utama terlihat tidak imbang. Takuya Kimura bermain dengan sangat bagus sebagai Manji dan ia terlihat luwes saat bertarung menggunakan katana. Namun lawan mainnya, Hana Sugisaki masih terlihat kurang meyakinkan terutama saat adegan emosional. Interaksi keduanya pun hambar dan kurang berkesan. Tokoh Rin Asano menjadi salah satu kunci cerita, namun tidak memiliki dampak yang cukup membuat penonton bersimpati pada karakternya. Ada pula beberapa adegan yang harusnya menjadi momen serius namun terlihat konyol karena akting pemainnya yang berlebihan layaknya akting dalam panggung teater.

Blade of the Immortal sangat baik dalam mengadaptasi aksi berpedang, namun sebaliknya tidak dengan sajian kisahnya. Sang sineas memang mendapat banyak apresiasi karena mampu mempertahankan realitas dalam adegan aksinya namun tidak cukup untuk menutupi kekurangan kisahnya.

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