13 Assassins (2011)
Critic Consensus: Takashi Miike's electric remake of Eiichi Kudo's 1963 period action film is a wild spectacle executed with killer, dizzying panache.
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as Shinzaemon Shimada
as Shinrokuro (Shinzaemon's Nephew)
as Koyata (13th Assassin from the Forest)
as Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira
as Hanbei Kitou (Naritsugu's Head Samurai)
as Sir Doi (Top Shogun Official)
as Sahara (Samurai Who Requests Payment)
as Hirayama (Shinzaemon's Apprentice)
as Ogura (The Youngest Samurai)
as Hioki (Kuranaga's Subordinate)
as Otake (Kuranaga's Subordinate)
as Horii (Mitsuhashi's Subordinate)
as Higuchi (Mitsuhashi's Subordinate)
as Tsuya/Upashi (Shinrokuro's Wife/Koyata's Lover)
as Yukie Makino (Lord Owari's Subject)
as Chise Makino (Uneme's Wife)
as Uneme Makino
as Genshiro Deguchi (Servant Who Fetches Visitor List)
as Zusho Mamiya (Akashi Elder Who Commits Hara-Kiri)
as Asakawa (Naritsugu's Henchman)
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Critic Reviews for 13 Assassins
The excessive mind of Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition; Ichi the Killer) throttles back the gore to deliver a disciplined, refreshingly grounded samurai action film.
13 Assassins looks at honour from many angles, without becoming simplistic. Ichii hasn't lost his edge after all.
Familiar though it may be, as samurai movies go, 13 Assassins" is a killer.
This slam-bang remake of a 1963 feature by Eichi Kudo builds slowly, accumulating characters and themes, then explodes into a prolonged and masterful battle sequence inside a deserted town.
One can pinpoint the exact moment when 13 Assassins transforms from vivid samurai drama to insane work of genius.
Audience Reviews for 13 Assassins
I wish the film had taken some time to explore more the 13 assassins, at least to make us able to better distinguish them in the exhilarating final battle, but still Miike crafts a gorgeous and extremely intense samurai epic in the best tradition of the genre.
Beautiful and brutal, chock full of tragic meaning. Lord Naritsugu is possibly the most hateful villain I've met yet; he makes Joffrey Baratheon look like an amateur.
Even though it starts out slowly, the film only takes two gruesome scenes to establish the bad guy as monster. What follows is a lot of recruiting and planning by the 13 Ronin that decide to take him out. That's not particularly exciting but lays a perfect ground for a finale furioso. Once the showdown kicks into gear there is no rest for 45 minutes. It's also refreshing that there are no stylized fights defying gravity or logic, but realistic, bloody and dirty deaths. When the dust settles, the audience is almost as exhausted as the lone survivor. Then again there is quite another pleasant surprise, even if unrealistic one, in the end. A highlight of the genre.
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