Exquisite, almost sculptural, each frame betraying incredible fastidiousness, it is striking the we now find ourselves in 2017 bearing witness to Takashi Miike, creator of white elephant art. BLADE does for the samurai film what John Huston did when he gussied-up the bargain basement noir w/ THE ASPHALT JUNGLE. I would like to issue a prophecy: many years from now 13 ASSASSINS and BLADE will be considered classics.
Pretty fed up with Miike's violent-gore flicks. It is unnecessarily long, and the story carries a little weight. I would rather see him making more film like "The Bird People in China". If it wasn't for Takuya Kimura, this film would be even more less interesting.