13 Assassins (2010)

Posted: April 21, 2011 in Japanese

13 Assassins


A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.


Takashi Miike


Kaneo Ikegami (based on a screenplay by),Daisuke Tengan (screenplay)


 Kôji YakushoTakayuki Yamada and Yûsuke Iseya



This film was a dark-edged delight from beginning to end. Solid direction by Miike, great characters, beautifully shot and simply great and intense action sequences put on film. You’ve never seen Shogun like this! And something else to point out: the sound on this film was thundering, shaking and stellar!

’13 Assassins’ is supposedly a remake of 1963 period drama Jûsan-nin no shikaku which means 13 assassins in Japanese. Let me tell you this, the movie is not a true Jidaigeki(period drama). Miike Takashi has transformed it into a 126 minutes of pure fun and excitement. With plenty of gut-exploding, head-rolling action and some heart-melting scenes involving a woman with separated limbs (which created a plot device that ultimately became one of the most dramatic scenes in the movie). Unlike other Japanese war epics, the movie also has a modern sense of humor with plenty of comedic reliefs, astonishingly beautiful cinematography in the forest, and advanced battle tactics.

13 Assassins

The story is about an assassination attempt of a tyrant lord by 13 ‘true’ samurais who are believers in justice and uprising on behalf of the People in the year 1844. The original film was famous for its 30 minutes of continuous battle sequence, and the remake’s may be even longer.

The cast full of some of the biggest names in Japanese acting like Kôji Yakusho which most of you have seen in the hollywood movie Babel as the Japenese girl’s father, and other experienced supporting actors. The biggest surprise was the choice of boy band SMAP member, Inagaki Gorou as the twisted villainous lord. His innocent looking face added to the evilness of the character and he was vital in much of the humor that made this film a success.

Some may find the earlier part of the movie quite slow because the first third of the film deals with Shimada amassing the team and learning of further Naritsugu acts of violence against the people of Japan. But when the samurai set up their ambush in Ochlai, the fun really beings and the final chapters are non-stop action and samurai fighting.

So if you’re a fan of samurai movie then you shouldn’t miss this at any cost. Those who aren’t, give it a shot. I’m sure you’ll start looking for some more of the samurai movies in future.I give it 8 out of 10 for the great acting and the epic final battle sequence which is of more than 30 minutes long.

  1. Anonymous says:

    oiiii yo movi kaile released hunsa ki vaisakyo huh??? chittooo rep….

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