- Apr 20
- Takashi Miike’s 13 ASSASSINS: Review
- Posted by Deljhp - 20/04/11 at 07:41 AM
Director: Takashi Miike. Review: Dan King.
Miike directs a Samurai epic! Admittedly I had pretty much made up my mind about this film after reading the plot, and watching the annoyingly unrevealing trailer. I'm pleased to say that it didn't disappoint. The premise is simple - A former shogun advisor asks a retired Samurai, Shizaemon (Kôji Yakusho), to assassinate a sadistic (and heavily guarded) Lord with a thirst for torture and designs on war. Shizaemon recruits a group of fellow Samurai and a Ronin to achieve what seems to be a suicidal task. Taking control of a small village, and being joined by quirky bandit, they build their “town of death” and await the arrival of the Lord and his forces.
A remake of the 1963 film Jûsan-nin no shikaku (Eiichi Kudo), Miike's film brings the Samurai epic kicking and screaming into the 21st century. While faithful to the original this version is undoubtedly Miike; vivid yet subtle, violent yet understated. For further reading on how Miike's compares to the original, head here. Having seen this version I for one will definitely be grabbing a copy of the source material. Being not only a Miike fan, but also of the Samurai genre, it will be interesting to see exactly which elements of the film are 'remade' and those that are Miike's touch...Continue reading here.