Teaser Trailer for Takashi Miike’s ‘Blade of the Immortal’ Released

Takashi Miike's Live-Action Adaptation

Warner Bros. Japan has released the full 30-second teaser for director Takashi Miike‘s latest effort, Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Junin), the live-action adaptation of Hiroaki Samura‘s “neo-period drama” manga of the same name.

The J-pop heartthrob Takuya Kimura (Love and Honour) stars as the one-eyed protagonist Manji, a ronin warrior cursed with an immortal body. To regain his mortality, he sets on a mission to kill a thousand evil men.

Hana Sugisaki (“Ouran High School Host Club”) plays the role of Rin, a young woman who tasks Manji to guard her on her quest to avenge her parents and redeem the fencing school. The film will be released on April 29, 2017 in Japan, the U.S. release date may well be later than that.

Hit the jump to check out the first Blade of the Immortal teaser, including the climactic scene with Manji and Rin surrounded by 300 enemies. The scene took about fifteen days to shoot.

Takashi Miike's live-action adaptation

Kimura’s yojimbo asks Rin Asano, “Rin, who should I cut down?” She replies, “Anyone who tries to cut me down.”

Takashi Miike's Live-Action Adaptation

Samura launched the Blade of the Immortal manga in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine in December of 1993, and he completed the series in 2012. The manga’s 30 volumes has 5 million copies in print, and it has been published in 22 countries and territories. It earned an Excellence Prize in the manga category of the 1st Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 1997, and it won the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material in 2000. Since ending Blade of the Immortal, Samura has published the historical manga Harukaze no Snegurochka (The Spring Breeze Snow Maiden) and the romance Nami yo Kiite Kure (Waves, Listen to Me). The manga is getting a reprint in Japan with new covers.

Dark Horse Comics published the Blade of the Immortal manga in North America, and plans to rerelease it in omnibus form. The manga already inspired a television anime in 2008, and Media Blasters released it in English.

Source: Anime News Network

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