13 Assassins DVD
Cast: Kôji Yakusho
Director: Takashe Miike
Running Time: 124 minutes
The visionary director of Audition and Ichi The Killer, Takashi Miike returns with the critically acclaimed samurai film 13 Assassins - an unforgettable remake of Eiichi Kudo's 1963 film Jusan-Nin No Shikaku.
Based on true events in 1884, Miike's epic tale tells of the rise to power of the despotic Lord Naritsugu Matsudaria. When his tyranny runs rampant, samurai Shinzaemon Shimada (Koji Yakusho) is charged with ensuring Naritsugu's bloody reign ends. With the help twelve samurai, Shinzaemon must set a trap for the Lord and his 200 men that will prevent him from ascending to the throne.
Nominated for Best Film at the 34th Japan Academy Prize, as well as competing for the Golden Lion at the 67th Venice International Film Festival, 13 Assassins is a contemporary classic evoking the visual flair of classic Japanese cinema while still maintaining the voice of the cult director. 13 Assassins is a must have title for any fan of Miike, or the genre.
An interview with Takashe Miike