13 Assassins may well be the most wholly accomplished and satisfying film to come our way all year.
Satisfying? Maybe for the video game, Laura Croft crowd. This is a shallow, sad imitation of Kurosawa that mistakes endless, showy violence for drama and an understanding of the sword arts.
Jun 2 - 04:25 PM
Peter Von Wolfhausen
@ Hank M.
I don't think Miike was trying to make an expose of "sword arts", I think he was trying to capture what happens when duty comes in conflict with extreme moral turpitude.
Jul 22 - 09:07 AM
Plus, you do realize that IN the film all of them pretty much agreed, "None of us have experience actually using our swords."
They acknowledge that they're pretty much relying on luck and sheer power the entire time throughout the movie. Why do you think the first hour was completely based on why the antagonist needed to die, and the conflict Hanbei felt in fighting against an old enemy to protect a Lord he detests, purely for the sake of honor and duty?
Jul 23 - 01:18 AM