13 Assassins

13 Assassins

Takashi Miike, the director responsible for such uncompromising and unforgettable movies as Audition and Ichi The Killer indelibly stamps his trademark style on the Samurai genre with the ultra-violent, all-action, blood-spattered epic, 13 Assassins. 3.7 out of 5 based on 15 reviews
13 Assassins

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Certificate 15
Genre Foreign, Thriller, Action / Adventure
Director Takashi Miike
Cast Takayuki Yamada, Yûseke Iseya, Mikijiro Hira, Hiroki Matsukata Kôji Yakusho
Studio Artificial Eye
Release Date May 2011
Running Time 126 mins
 

Takashi Miike, the director responsible for such uncompromising and unforgettable movies as Audition and Ichi The Killer indelibly stamps his trademark style on the Samurai genre with the ultra-violent, all-action, blood-spattered epic, 13 Assassins.

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Reviews

The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

Nearly every image is memorable

05/05/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Kenneth Turan

A classic samurai movie, right up there among the finest in the genre.

28/04/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

Kinetic film-making of a high order.

08/05/2011

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Time Out

David Jenkins

Pure joy.

04/05/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

If you’re a fan of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, then you’re in for a treat with this Japanese saga.

08/05/2011

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

A stirring, unexpectedly moving story of love and blood

29/04/2011

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The Scotsman

Alistair Harkness

A prolific auteur of crazy cinematic trash, Japanese director Takashi Miike makes movies at a furious rate, but never really bullseyes his targets.

07/05/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

A sustained frenzy of blistering choreographic skill that Hollywood won’t top all year.

05/05/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Don’t expect deep characterisation or subtle humour. The big surprise is its moralistic conclusion: that violence, sadism and gratuitous bloodshed are deeply wrong.

06/05/2011

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Empire Magazine

Kim Newman

A decent historical drama, with one of the best extended battle scenes (a full half of the movie is the face-off in the ‘village of death’) in recent memory.

06/05/2011

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The Guardian

Steve Rose

It delivers the requisite genre thrills.

06/05/2011

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

Miike is the kind of film-maker who thrives on excess but still manages some kind of credulity and loads of spectacle.

06/05/2011

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Total Film

Matt Glasby

All politics and posturing, the first two-thirds of the film are stiff and uninvolving, and although the climatic 45-minute free-for-all is genuinely spectacular, it’s clear where the director’s heart lies. “I thought samurai would be fun!” whines one chap. So did we.

04/05/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

Fans of the cult director Takashi Miike will adore this festival of grotesque, but ordinary folk may not have the stomach for it.

06/05/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

As the bodies pile up, it's hard to sympathise with its characters.

08/05/2011

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