Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition) is one of the most prolific directors working today. He’s directed over 100 television, video and film productions since his debut in 1991. He directed 15 productions between 2001 and 2002 alone. His 100th film, Blade of the Immortal is based on the eponymous manga series by Hiroaki Samura. The film follows Manji (Takuya Kimura), a samurai cursed with immortality and haunted by the brutal murder of someone closed to him. When he crosses paths with Rin (Hana Sugisaki) a young girl who asks Manji for help in avenging the death of her parents. What ensues is a bloody battle with a gang of skilled swordsmen bend of killing everyone in their path.
Can you talk about the opening scene and your decision of filming it in black and white?
Takashi Miike: When adapting the manga,