Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film's Stills Show Sōta Fukushi, Erika Toda in Battle
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The staff of the live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal "neo period drama" manga unveiled two stills on Tuesday. The stills show actors Sōta Fukushi and Erika Toda battling with their weapons as Kagehisa Anotsu and Makie Otono-Tachibana, respectively.
The film's official website began streaming a teaser last week.
The manga follows Manji's journey of revenge as the yōjinbō (bodyguard) of Rin, a young woman who swears vengeance against a group of sword fighters who murdered her parents.
The film's lead actors include Takuya Kimura (seen above) and Hana Sugisaki (seen right). Kimura (Howl's Moving Castle, Redline, live-action Space Battleship Yamato) plays the lead character Manji, a rōnin warrior cursed with an immortal body. Sugisaki (When Marnie Was There, live-action Humanoid Monster Bem, Tsukuroi Tatsu Hito) plays heroine Rin Asano.
The additional cast members include:
(Top row, from left to right):
- Sōta Fukushi as Kagehisa Anotsu
- Hayato Ichihara as Shira
- Erika Toda as Makie Otono-Tachibana
- Kazuki Kitamura as Sabato Kuroi
- Chiaki Kuriyama as Hyakurin
- Shinnosuke Mitsushima as Taito Magatsu
- Ichikawa Ebizō XI as Eiku Shizuma
- Min Tanaka as Kagimura Habaki
- Tsutomu Yamazaki as Kensui Ibane
Prolific filmmaker Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Yatterman, As the Gods Will, Crows) is directing the film. Filming took place in Kyoto in extremely cold weather, and the climax of Manji and Rin versus 300 enemies took about 15 days to shoot. The film will open in Japan on April 29.
Source: Comic Natalie