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13 Assassins

Release Date: April 29th, 2011

R |2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary

In this remake of a 1963 film based on historical events, Shinzaemon Shimada (Koji Yakusho) leads a team of assassins in 19th-century Japan to eliminate the ruthless Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira (Goro Inagaki), 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.

Cast: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki, Mikijir? Hira, Hiroki Matsukata, Ikki Sawamura, Arata Furuta

Director: Takashi Miike

Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical drama

Production Co: Recorded Picture Company (RPC), Dentsu, Toho Company Ltd., TV Asahi, Asahi Broadcasting Corporation

Keywords: Rivalry, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Deborah YoungThe Hollywood Reporter

    Though it takes some time to sort out the large cast, the leads, all fine actors, eventually come into focus. As the good and bad samurai, Yakusho and Ichimura have the gravitas to take their roles seriously and perform a decisive one-on-one sword fight straight. show more

  • 65
    Mark JenkinsNPR

    There's nothing unexpected in this well-made picture, aside from the name of the director: Takeshi Miike. show more

  • 80
    Lee MarshallScreen Daily

    Once the Seven-Samurai-style band of brothers is assembled, 13 Assassins is pure pleasure: and it culminates in a magnificent 45-minute showdown that has to be the best final battle sequence in cinema since, oh, Kill Bill at least. show more

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