Culminates in a riveting, ingeniously plotted, and inventively shot 45-minute battle scene.
Miike shows us the absurdity of war by showing us the thrill of war.
| Original Score: B+
Entirely too long, but the samurai game of cat and mouse, the strategizing, is fascinating.
| Original Score: 3/4
...a big movie that will overwhelm you with its scope, and it's hard to imagine anyone topping it any time soon.
| Original Score: 6/10
Consegue combinar uma abordagem mais clássica, tradicional, aos toques de violência bizarra típicas da filmografia de Miike.
| Original Score: 4/5
13 Assassins evokes a classic filmmaking style sharpened by Takashi Miike's modern energy.
| Original Score: 9/10
A much fresher experience than would seem likely for such a well-trod genre.
| Original Score: 8/10
Miike's sadistic fetishization of violence and suffering is nowhere in evidence.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
A wildly entertaining blockbuster that should appeal outside the extreme Asian cinema niche market.
I've seen enough of these samurai films to be in a position to say this one could be a considered a classic of the genre.
Though it might look like a Kurosawa film, Miike brings to it a subversive edge of greater proportions.
| Original Score: B
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Miike plays it by the age-old rules, and the result, while undeniably entertaining, is unexpectedly tame, at least by Miike standards
| Original Score: 70/100
The once dormant samurai movie is rejuvenated in 13 Assassins, a spirited and violent romp which delves into the honour and savagery of samurai ideology.
13 Assassins looks at honour from many angles, without becoming simplistic. Ichii hasn't lost his edge after all.
I was engrossed by this film because it had tactics, strategy and characterisation.
It doesn't feel like the tour de force it should be.
The sense of loss, of waste, for a society, a culture, is just heartbreaking. That feeling is something special in a 21st century action picture.
It pounds with blood-drenched action, but director Takashi Miike also offers up a thoughtful exploration of honour and loyalty.
There are many deft touches, a sprinkling of humour and a great deal of grunting and shouting as men clash in hand to hand combat. But the supporting premise that this is a good fight to rid the world of an evil man gives the action moral traction