13 Assassins (2011)

13 Assassins
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Director: Takashi Miike
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.

Status: QuickPick
Run time: 126mins
Origin: JAPAN
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1
by Simon Miraudo,

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.


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Member Reviews (18)

Great Japanese movie. Quality effects and stunts. Great political and historical story that builds up to a long battle with multiple smaller combat scenes that add to the story. The ending is up for interpretation which I also liked. I reckon there is at least thre ways you could interpret the ending.
Posted Thursday, 26 June 2014 See my other reviews
Liked it....not the best samurai movies I've seen, but watchable
Posted Wednesday, 11 September 2013 See my other reviews
Unfortunately this film is rendered unwatchable by the terribly incomplete and disjointed subtitles. Unless you speak Japanese or are not a fan of dialogue, give this movie a miss until they release a version with better subtitles.
Posted Tuesday, 27 August 2013 See my other reviews
Tops!!! Tons of chopping, burning and beheadings by samarai sword. Great story about vengeance, justice and loyalty.
Posted Wednesday, 14 August 2013 See my other reviews
some of the best action i;ve ever seen in a movie
Posted Monday, 4 March 2013 See my other reviews
Very disappointing. Confusing, violent and way too long. Shame, as I was looking forward to this one. One of the scenes in particular almost made me ill - awful!
Posted Thursday, 18 October 2012 See my other reviews
Excellent camera work, casting, choreography, CGI blood and animals and, above all, a good story! Fabulous!
Posted Friday, 24 August 2012 See my other reviews
One of the best samurai movies ever.
Posted Monday, 23 July 2012 See my other reviews
This is a wonderfully filmed movie and the sets and costumes were fantastic. The plot was nothing original as it seemed to draw heavily from the Seven Samurai and didn't add anything new to the genre. The climactic battle which filled the last half of the battle was too long and I didn't really care about the fate of each character. Overall I was a bit disappointed.
Posted Tuesday, 10 July 2012 See my other reviews
I loved this movie. It was like a modern Akira Kurosawa movie. If your a fan of Kurosawa's films you will love this.
Posted Friday, 29 June 2012 See my other reviews
Really enjoyed the film. Interesting to see the politics of the time and what was required of the Samurai. Great setup/strategy shown.
Posted Monday, 25 June 2012 See my other reviews
Alex F
Great movie. Miike shows his great talent and experience handling the suspense and action.
Posted Friday, 22 June 2012 See my other reviews
Mike Brindley
Beautiful to look at re cinematography and art direction, but the set-up is too long, too complicated and too political. Very reminiscent of 'Seven Samurai' and in the end not as good. 'Seven Samurai' is both simpler and more emotional in having less central characters, more emotion and a clear statement of what's at stake: the village and the farmers.
Posted Friday, 11 May 2012 See my other reviews
Classic style samurai movie. Good story and great battles. Worth seeing if you like sword play.
Posted Tuesday, 17 April 2012 See my other reviews
We found it interesting and enjoyable! worth the watch, great battle scene!
Posted Friday, 13 April 2012 See my other reviews
if you like samurai movies, you will like this one. no its not seven samurai but what is? Just enjoy it for what it is
Posted Thursday, 23 February 2012 See my other reviews
Not the best Miike, not the best Samurai movies either. The comparison with Kurosawa's 7th samurai is easy but while the 7th Samurai is an all time masterpiece, 13 assassins is basically just another samurai flick with a long long long fight in the end. Next...
Posted Friday, 3 February 2012 See my other reviews
i'm bias, i love this genre. the culture fascinates me. recomended viewing if you are the same
Posted Wednesday, 25 January 2012 See my other reviews
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