Take up your sword.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: July 5, 2011
- Originally Released: 2010
- Label: Magnolia Home Ent
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Interview with director Takashi Miike
- Deleted scenes
- Theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, Japanese
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Kôji Yakusho, Mikijirô Hira, Tsuyosi Ihara, Kazue Fukiishi, Masaaki Uchino & Hiroki Matsukata|
|Directed by||Takashi Miike|
|Screenwriting by||Daisuke Tengan|
|Composition by||Kôji Endô|
|Story by||Shoichiro Ikemiya|
|Director of Photography:||Nobuyasu Kita|
Rating: 3.7/5 -- Takashi Miike has created a reverential and vital film in a genre that many may have thought as moribund and passé as its subject. Full Review
Rating: B+ -- Familiar though it may be, as samurai movies go, 13 Assassins" is a killer. Full Review
3 star out of 5 -- [T]he climactic 45-minute free-for-all is genuinely spectacular...
3.5 stars out of 4 -- Miike ensures that once grace gives way to fury, every drop of blood split in defense of an honorable principle matters to the audience as much as it matters to the heroes losing their lives on-screen.
4 stars out of 5 -- [T]he gambling motif that runs through the story is nicely sustained.
Rating: A- -- One can pinpoint the exact moment when 13 Assassins transforms from vivid samurai drama to insane work of genius. Full Review
Dallas Morning News
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. Full Review
Based on actual events that served as the inspiration for the 1963 film of the same name, Takashi Miike's 13 ASSASSINS follows a group of noble samurai as they seek to slay a tyrannical, politically connected lord before he seizes control of the entire country. Japan, 1844: as the era of the samurai winds to a close, a sadistic young lord uses his powerful political ties to commit heinous atrocities against the common people. Recognizing the dangers to both his country and its citizens should the lord manage to gain any more power, a concerned government official secretly recruits 13 of the most skilled swordsmen he can find to defeat the evil lord once and for all. But reaching their target won't be easy, because the elusive lord is constantly flanked by legions of fearless bodyguards. Realizing that the bodyguards would decimate his modest task force in a traditional battle, the assassins' leader (Koji Yakusho) lays an ingenious trap that will give his men the upper hand, and waits patiently for their prey to take the bait.
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