Manji the cursed samurai is coming to life.
The first U.S. red-band trailer (that means this is bloody and violent) for Blade of the Immortal, a live-action adaptation of Hiroaki Samura's celebrated manga, was released Wednesday. The trailer shows off plenty of violent action at the hands of actor Takuya Kimura as he brings Manji to the big screen, directed by Takashi Miike.
Fans of Miike's works know to expect some incredible action and over-the-top violence, as the director of 13 Assassins and Ichi the Killer has never shied away from either (or heaps of gore, for that matter). His is the perfect guiding hand for the story of a samurai cursed with immortality until he kills 1,000 evil men after being the cause of 100 samurai deaths.
The Blade of the Immortal film looks like it will focus on the relationship between Manji and Asano Rin, who join each other in a quest of revenge and redemption.
"Samurai Manji has taken a lot of lives, both innocent and guilty, and now lives life in feudal Japan as a criminal," the official description reads. "After being cursed with immortality until he kills enough evil men, Manji meets a young girl who enlists him to be her body-guard. Swearing loyalty, protection and vengeance against the group of sword fighters who slaughtered her family, the unlikely duo set on a remarkable quest to make right against those who did them wrong."
The film, released in Japan in April of this year, comes to the U.S. courtesy of Magnet Releasing, who will premiere it in North America at Fantastic Fest in Austin the final week of September. It will then receive a US theatrical release November 3, 2017.
Blade of the Immortal also stars Hana Sugisaki as Rin Asano, wth Sôta Fukushi, Ebizô Ichikawa, Min Tanaka, and Tsutomu Yamazaki.