13 Assassins

2010, History/Adventure, 2h 6m

132 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Takashi Miike's electric remake of Eiichi Kudo's 1963 period action film is a wild spectacle executed with killer, dizzying panache. Read critic reviews

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In this remake of a 1963 film based on historical events, Shinzaemon Shimada leads a team of assassins in 19th-century Japan to eliminate the ruthless Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is wreaking havoc against his own people. Hired secretly by a government official hoping to end Matsudaira's reign of terror, Shimada recruits the best samurai in Japan and then sets a trap for the lord's large contingent of faithful bodyguards.

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Audience Reviews for 13 Assassins

  • Nov 23, 2014
    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.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 17, 2014
    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.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2013
    A ridiculously entertaining and breathtaking action masterpiece. A poetic, bloody, epic, unforgettable and remarkably relentless piece of genius from cult filmmaker, Director, Takashi Miike. A bold, savage and insanely awesome movie with some of the richest, bloody and longest battle sequences in recent film history. It's uniquely character drawn, atmospheric, thrilling, funny and visually captivating stuff. The craftsmanship is damn near perfect, the performances almost flawless and the imagery is tremendous. One of the best Samurai movies ever made.
    Al S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2013
    An incredible period-piece Samurai film from an absolutely visionary director. Takashi Miike's masterwork.
    Kristijonas F Super Reviewer

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