Blade of the Immortal ★★★

I don’t know how closely it adheres to the original manga, but this one had me with its direct emotions (revenge!) and simple structure (one man fights through many and varied henchmen to reach the final boss) until the half-way mark, when far too many new characters get introduced and the fighting devolves into directionless brawling. Still, it’s very stylish for what it is, Takashi Miike not showing any discomfort with a bigger budget than usual.