13 Assassins

  • 121'
  • Japan
  • 2010
With 13 Assassins, a remake of Kudo Eiichi's film from 1963, Miike Takashi makes a very successful attempt to match up to the granddad of all samurai films, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. In 1844 Japan, the murderous urges of Lord Naritsugu, the brother of the feudal commander, start getting out of hand. In his sadistic excesses, he has for instance amputated all of a woman’s limbs and her tongue. The noble samurai Shinzaemon Shimada is hired to remove the Lord. That’s not an easy task because the target is protected by an equally merciless fighter. Shimada persuades 12 brave samurai to take on this suicide mission. Together with the inhabitants of a mountain village, they set one booby-trap after another. When Lord Naritsugu arrives unexpectedly with 300 men, it turns into a David against Goliath struggle: a heroic and bloody battle for life and death lasting no less than 45 minutes. On Wednesday 2 February, the IFFR is showing the director's cut of this film, with 25 minutes of extra footage.
Director
Miike Takashi
Country of production
Japan
Production Year
2010
Festival Edition
IFFR 2011
Length
121'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Jûsan-nin no shikaku
Language
Japanese
Producers
Minami Ichikawa, Tôichirô Shiraishi, Michihiko Yanagisawa
Sales
HanWay Films
Screenplay
Kaneo Ikegami, Daisuke Tengan
Cinematography
Nobuyasu Kita
Editor
Kenji Yamashita
Production Design
Yuji Hayashida
Music
Kôji Endô
Cast
Kôji Yakusho
Local Distributor
Cinéart Netherlands
Website
http://www.13assassins.com