Few directors have had the opportunity to make as many films as Takashi Miike. The Japanese filmmaker is about to release his 100th(!) movie, and judging from the new trailer, it looks like it could be his best.
Miike has earned a reputation as a controversial director thanks to his incredibly violent films — his “Imprint” episode of Showtime’s Masters of Horror series was deemed to extreme for the network and had its broadcast canceled in 2005 — and the red-band trailer for his newest effort, Blade of the Immortal, is definitely in line with his reputation, as it features a body count higher than probably any trailer from recent memory.
The ultra-gory film, which is based on the manga of the same name, is about a girl whose father is killed by a warlord, so she seeks out the help of an immortal samurai to get her revenge. After that, it’s loads of people getting cut in half, losing limbs, and being impaled on dozens of swords; with blood and body parts flying in all directions at a frenetic pace thanks to an increasingly absurd array of outlandish weapons. Ever seen somebody get their hand cut off by a hook on a chain? You’re about to! It admittedly looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun… but it’s definitely not for those with weak stomachs. Check it out below.
The film, which is in Japanese, is set for a limited released in U.S. theaters on November 3.