Magazine article Screen International

Takashi Miike Talks 'Blade of the Immortal' and Cannes

Magazine article Screen International

Takashi Miike Talks 'Blade of the Immortal' and Cannes

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Japanese director recalls his favourite Cannes memory.

Japanese director Takashi Miike is in Cannes this year with his 100th feature credit (including TV features), Blade Of The Immortal, which premieres today (May 18) Out Of Competition.

Adapted from the Japanese manga series, which Miike says he is a huge fan of, the film follows a Ronin (masterless samurai) who is cursed with immortality.

* WATCH: First English-language trailer for Takashi Miike's Blade Of The Immortal

"The original manga was serialised for 19 years, in the past many Japanese filmmakers have tried to make in into a movie," Miike says, "However due to its extreme content, there's been a history of numerous setbacks."

When he was offered the chance to direct the film, Miike says he felt it was meant to be, "I believe it was my destiny to be on board this project."

Jeremy Thomas' Recorded Picture Company re-teamed with the director on the title after previously working on 13 Assassins.

Much like that film, several sequences in Blade Of The Immortal required significant fight choreography. One scene featured a 300-on-one fight. How did Miike make that work? "I just proceeded wherever my mind guided me. It was a fun sequence to shoot, and I feel it was a good exercise, although it was the actors who did the actual exercising!" He says.


Talking to Screen ahead of Cannes, Miike reveals that he is a big fan of the festival, "I always send off my films to Cannes with surprise and excitement, there is nothing more encouraging for myself and for my team than being invited here. …

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