|Actors:||Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki, Masachika Ichimura, Mikijiro Hira|
Set at the end of Japan's feudal era - when the sadistic excesses of Lord Matsudaira grow too extreme a group of his own deadliest samurai are enlisted to assassinate him and end his bloody reign. An elaborate plan to trap Lord Matsudaira leads to the ultimate showdown between just 13 samurai and 200 soldiers - an incredible battle sequence finale.
Essentially taking the plot of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, inserting one of the most irredeemably evil and sadistic villains in movie history, and cranking up the insanity and gore to 11 (or rather, 13), Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins is a barrel of fun.
Legendary samurai Shinzaemon (Koji Yakusho) is tasked with putting together a posse of hired swords to take out Lord Naritsugo (Goro Inagaki), brother of the shogun, who frequently commits unprintable acts of cruelty against his people (shooting an arrow into the head of a child is among his tamer exploits). The film culminates in a much-ballyhooed 45-minute epic battle sequence, that is, frankly, worth hooing as much bally as you can find. Too much fun.