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Movie Review: Blade of the Immortal (2017)

Blade of the Immortal / Mugen no jûnin (dir. Takashi Miike, 2017) – A young girl seeks the help of an immortal samurai in her quest for vengeance.


Versatile seems a word too small to describe a filmmaker with over a hundred productions under his belt and not a genre untouched. Comedy, sci-fi, family movies, and extreme cinema – Takashi Miike has done them all and done them well. It is both impressive and baffling how the directors behind Audition and Zebraman could actually be the same man.

In 2017, his 100th film greeted in the form of manga adaptation Blade of the Immortal. Just months after kooky comedy The Mole Song and bizarre monster movie Terra Formars, Takashi Miike had stepped into dark fantasy territory with no beats missed, just like a seasoned veteran would.

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Movie Review: Godzilla Resurgence / Shin Gojira (2016)

Godzilla Resurgence / Shin Gojira (dir. Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, 2016) – The rise of a giant monster plunges Tokyo in chaos as the Japanese government assembles an emergency cabinet. 


Not quite your typical Godzilla or kaiju movie, Shin Gojira satiates its appetite for politics first, destruction second.



Shin Gojira is not what one might expect from a Japanese kaiju feature. For one, the beast bears a different hide. Its title indicative of a new beginning, the movie reintroduces the famed monster through three evolutionary stages, before we meet him in his iconic bipedal form on land.

Though looking a little daft with googly eyes at the start, each transformation is more impressive than the last. In his final form, Gojira casts a pall of terror over Tokyo with presence alone. The creature design may be what Godzilla fans would love most about this reboot, or spiritual sequel if you will. Still, one striking difference will leave opinions divided.

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