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Live-Action Blade of the Immortal Film Gets New English-Subtitled Trailer, November 3 Theatrical Release

posted on by Karen Ressler
N. American premiere to be held next month in Austin

Magnolia Pictures and its genre arm Magnet Releasing began streaming a trailer for Takashi Miike's live-action film of Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal manga on Wednesday. The film will premiere in North America at Fantastic Fest, which will be held in Austin, Texas from September 21-28. The film will then have a wider theatrical release on November 3.

Blade of the Immortal premiered in Japan on April 29, and hosted its international premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, which was held from May 17-28. The film ranked at #6 in Japan in its opening weekend, selling 145,000 tickets and earning 189 million yen (about US$1.68 million).

Samura's original Blade of the Immortal 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 and Hana Sugisaki. 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 both the heroine Rin Asano and Manji's sister Machi. Miike (Ichi the Killer, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, Yatterman, As the Gods Will, Crows) directed the film.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter (Aaron Couch)

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