|Mon 22nd Jan||7.30pm|
|Tues 23rd Jan||7.30pm|
Dir: Takashi Miike | Japan | 2017 | 141 mins | Japanese w/English subtitles
Cast: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sôta Fukushi
The 100th film by the prolific, famously controversial director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Straw Shield, 13 Assassins) latest film is a bloody, kinetic triumph. Based on the eponymous manga series by Hiroaki Samura, it stars Takuya Kimura as Manji, a Shogunate era samurai saved by a witch after a vicious battle. Haunted by the memory of his sister, Manji sees an opportunity for vengeance when he meets a young girl orphaned by murderers; and takes on the culprits – a team of master swordsmen. One by one, Manji tracks them down in a series of showdowns; all brilliantly choreographed, outlandishly violent and sometimes brutally comic to boot.
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