13 Assassins (2011)



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

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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
R (for sequences of bloody violence, some disturbing images and brief nudity)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International
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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)
Hiroki Matsukata
as Kuranaga
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)
Kazuki Namioka
as Ishizuka
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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Critic Reviews for 13 Assassins

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (26)

Familiar though it may be, as samurai movies go, 13 Assassins" is a killer.

Full Review… | June 10, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

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… | June 10, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One can pinpoint the exact moment when 13 Assassins transforms from vivid samurai drama to insane work of genius.

Full Review… | June 9, 2011
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Epic. Unforgettable. Relentless. Magnificently entertaining.

Full Review… | June 2, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Though 13 Assassins' setup could stand some tightening, it's all necessary prelude to a spectacular, action-packed final hour where all hell breaks loose and the streets and rooftops flow with blood.

Full Review… | June 2, 2011
AV Club
Top Critic

Does Guinness World Records have an entry for longest on-screen fight? If it doesn't, Takashi Miike's "13 Assassins" just set it. And if a record actually exists, Miike's film just broke it.

Full Review… | May 26, 2011
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for 13 Assassins

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 Lew
Letitia Lew

Super Reviewer


Even though it starts out slowly, the film only takes two gruesome scenes to establish the bad guy as monster. What follows is a lot of recruiting and planning by the 13 Ronin that decide to take him out. That's not particularly exciting but lays a perfect ground for a finale furioso. Once the showdown kicks into gear there is no rest for 45 minutes. It's also refreshing that there are no stylized fights defying gravity or logic, but realistic, bloody and dirty deaths. When the dust settles, the audience is almost as exhausted as the lone survivor. Then again there is quite another pleasant surprise, even if unrealistic one, in the end. A highlight of the genre.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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