Blade of the Immortal

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On the surface, Blade of the Immortal is a bloody story about revenge that involves the brutal deaths of thousands.

But it is much deeper.

This film deals in grisly revenge, true, but it also examines the cost of revenge. How many have died for it? How many have yet to die in its name? Blade of the Immortal exposes that revenge is a double-edged sword, and that our pain tends to mask the pain of others. Rin (Hana Sugisaki) was so focused on avenging her parents, she never contemplated that Anotsu (Sota Fukushi) was exacting revenge of his own.

Blade of the Immortal also examines what it means to live and to have purpose. Manji (Takuya Kimura) had been given immortality, but loathed it. He saw his sister’s death as the death of his life, of his purpose and meaning. Helping Rin revived that purpose within him, that will and reason to live.

The overall plot of the film is semi-complex, though easy to follow. All of the performances are amazing, with the obvious standouts being Hana Sugisaki, Takuya Kimura, and Sota Fukushi. It feels a disservice to name them only, as everyone involved was great. The cinematography was incredible, and I loved the use and contrast of color versus black and white.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from Blade of the Immortal, as manga-themed films rarely live up to my expectations. I can honestly say that this one blew me away, and easily became one of my favorites.

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