13 Assassins

2011

13 Assassins

Critics Consensus

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

95%

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Total Count: 127

88%

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User Ratings: 23,934
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Cult director Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future. --(c) Magnet Pictures

Cast

Koji Yakusho
as Shinzaemon Shimada
Takayuki Yamada
as Shinrokuro (Shinzaemon's Nephew)
Yusuke Iseya
as Koyata (13th Assassin from the Forest)
Goro Inagaki
as Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira
Masachika Ichimura
as Hanbei Kitou (Naritsugu's Head Samurai)
Mikijiro Hira
as Sir Doi (Top Shogun Official)
Ikki Sawamura
as Mitsuhashi
Arata Furuta
as Sahara (Samurai Who Requests Payment)
Tsuyoshi Ihara
as Hirayama (Shinzaemon's Apprentice)
Masataka Kubota
as Ogura (The Youngest Samurai)
Sousuke Takaoka
as Hioki (Kuranaga's Subordinate)
Seiji Rokkaku
as Otake (Kuranaga's Subordinate)
Kouen Kondo
as Horii (Mitsuhashi's Subordinate)
Yuma Ishigaki
as Higuchi (Mitsuhashi's Subordinate)
Kazue Fukiishi
as Tsuya/Upashi (Shinrokuro's Wife/Koyata's Lover)
Koshiro Matsumoto
as Yukie Makino (Lord Owari's Subject)
Mitsuki Tanimura
as Chise Makino (Uneme's Wife)
Takumi Saito
as Uneme Makino
Shinnosuke Abe
as Genshiro Deguchi (Servant Who Fetches Visitor List)
Masaaki Uchino
as Zusho Mamiya (Akashi Elder Who Commits Hara-Kiri)
Ken Mitsuishi
as Asakawa (Naritsugu's Henchman)
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  • 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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