Based on actual events that served as the inspiration for the 1963 film of the same name, Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins follows a group of noble samurai as they seek to slay a tyrannical, politically connected lord before he seizes control of the entire country. Japan, 1844: as the era of the samurai winds to a close, a sadistic young lord uses his powerful political ties to commit heinous atrocities against the common people. Recognizing the dangers to both his country and its citizens should the lord manage to gain any more power, a concerned government official secretly recruits 13 of the most skilled swordsmen he can find to defeat the evil lord once and for all. But reaching their target won't be easy, because the elusive lord is constantly flanked by legions of fearless bodyguards. Realizing that the bodyguards would decimate his modest task force in a traditional battle, the assassins' leader (Koji Yakusho) lays an ingenious trap that will give his men the upper hand, and waits patiently for their prey to take the bait.~Jason Buchanan
Interview with director Takashi Miike
Koji YakushoShinzaemon Shimada
Takayuki YamadaShinrokuro (Shinzaemon's Nephew)
Yusuke IseyaKoyata (13th Assassin from the Forest)
Goro InagakiLord Naritsugu Matsudaira
Masachika IchimuraHanbei Kitou (Naritsugu's Head Samurai)
Movie is about 13 samurais who become united into ridding a sadistic war lord to prevent him from overtaking the throne and dividing the country into a civil war. Movie isn't for faint of heart. At times, it's brutal and disturbing to watch.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
BEST MOVIE EVER!
THIS HAS ALL YOU NEED IF YOU LIKE CUT UM UP MOVIES.ACTION ALL THE WAY.GREAT STORY LINE.A MUST SEE.LOVE IT.
Top of the line picture & sound quality! A movie made with a elegant build up that leads up to a unforgettable climax. One of the best samurai films made in modern times; the political side of being a soldier you don't see much, and with that climatic action sequence that is some of the best ever orchestrated. Great film!
great Asian Martial Arts movie, action & storyline
A samurai warrior is recruited to assassinate the newly appointed cruel and sadistic 2nd in command, who is on the rise to becoming the new leader of Japan and planning to start a war. He and 12 others commit their allegiance and lives to help save Japan and fight for the honor of their people. Action, graphic violence, some nudity. English Captions.