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From Takashi Miike - the twisted genius behind cult J-horrors Audition (1999) and Ichi the Killer (2001) - comes 13 Assassins (2010), a traditionalist yet bloody take on the samurai action adventure film which was rightly nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Released to near-unanimous critical acclaim back in May, 13 Assassins now makes its way onto DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 5 September, and stars Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada and Yûsuke Iseya.
- Daniel Green
“In mid-19th Century Japan the era of the samurai is beginning to fade as the feudal nation begins to enjoy a rare period of peace. But the fragile calm is soon threatened by the bloody rise of Lord Naritsugu, the Shogun’s sadistic, psychopathic younger brother, whose position places him above the law and free to rape, mutilate and murder on a whim. Concerned that Naritsugu’s actions will eventually destroy the Shogunate, top Shogun official Sir Doi covertly calls on esteemed and noble samurai warrior Shinzaemon Shimada (Koji Yakusho) to assassinate the evil Lord before it is too late. Shinzaemon willingly agrees and immediately gathers together an elite group of samurai to assist him in the task, knowing that what they are about to embark upon »
- Baron Fornightly
Set in 19th century feudal Japan, 13 Assassins is the story of well, thirteen assassins who are recruited to take out a sadistic overlord named Naritsugu (Goro Inagaki) before he finds protection with another clan and continues his spree of brutal dominance. How brutal is he? Well, let’s see… he slices off appendages of women he grows tired of (not to be cliché and only cut off arms and legs, Naritsugu goes for the legendary resonance by removing their tongues, too) and shoots arrows at bound children for no other reason than he can. The thirteen assassins of the film’s title are assembled by the samurai Shinzaemon (Koji Yakusho), who is given top-secret orders to do so by another lord, Sir Doi (Mikijiro Hira). The plan is to ambush Naritsugu on his trek and wipe him out with extreme prejudice. Let the games begin, after the jump. The resemblances »
- Gil Kellerman
Hitting movie theaters this weekend:
Movie of the Week
The Plot: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.
The Buzz: I can’t say that I’m terribly excited about this film — I’d rather go see Super 8 (again) or Transformers 3 (again). Still, anything’s better than Zookeeper. Bateman is great, and the actors populating these horrible bosses are all battle-tested in the realm of good comedy (Jennifer Aniston = Office Space, Colin Farrell = In Bruges, Kevin Spacey = Hurlyburly). When he’s on, Seth Gordon is a phenomenal director (see The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters), so this should be at least good. The trailer was pretty unimpressive though »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
We have a contest, giveaway, sweepstakes for one copy of 13 Assassins (2010) on DVD for two (2) lucky winners. This 13 Assassins DVD contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates 13 Assassins‘ release by Magnolia Home Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray on July 5, 2011.
13 Assassins‘ plot synopsis: “a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.”
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Director: Fernando Meirelles.
Blindness originally released in 2008, starring Julianne Moore. Recently, Echo Bridge Entertainment has re-released this title for a reduced price ($6.99) and the film can be purchased at the distributor's website. Blindness deals with an ocular pandemic, which seemingly spreads from person to person, much like a virus. Soon cars crash in the streets, planes collide and general pandemonium breaks out. A proverb plays a central role in this film: "in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king" (Desiderius). And Julianne Moore as a doctor's wife is your king.
Initially, the virus begins an apocalypse via a blind driver. The source of infection is never fully explained. Impatient drivers vent their frustrations, while a car thief (Don McKellar) takes his (Yusuke Iseya) car. The blind man's »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Chicago – You will see a lot of movies this season that don’t deliver on their set-up. Whether it’s because they’re setting up the audience for another installment in a blockbuster franchise or just the fact that movies made by big studio committees often drop the ball, it’s simply a fact. Whatever one can say about Takashi Miike’s “13 Assassins,” opening this weekend at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and currently available On Demand, it absolutely, undeniably delivers the goods. And those goods are soaked in blood.
If you’re unfamiliar with the prolific Miike, he earned a stateside following with a series of ultra-violent films and became a critical darling after releasing the terrifying “Audition.” With the kind of output that matches most entire studios, Takashi Miike has continued to make interesting films but only a handful make an impact in the U.S. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Having seen and enjoyed cult Japanese swordplay films before, including the original of this remake, I had a feeling I knew exactly how the plot of this particular period drama would develop and hoped that knowing the end of the story wouldn’t ruin the rest of the film. You see, the plot of these films are as old as the subject matter themselves, and have appeared in enough Hollywood films that even the most infrequent of film goers will know how it goes.
Fortunately, cult director Takeshi Miike - of Ichi the Killer and Audition fame - is able to refresh the subject matter and shows a genuine care in how the film is produced. The skilful craftsmanship of the director is present throughout and allows you to sit back and enjoy the simplicity of the spectacle unfolding before you; without being distracted by the inevitability of what will happen. »
Deep End (15)
Where has this movie been for the past 40 years? It's as fresh and stylish a snapshot of late-60s Britain as we've ever seen, and a twisted coming-of-ager to boot. New kid Moulder-Brown wades into the depths of adulthood at the public bathhouse, and develops an unhealthy obsession with his worldlier colleague. The acting is natural, the soundtrack groovy (Can, Cat Stevens) and the visuals bold.
A novel fusion of Bourne and The Wizard Of Oz, this thriller packs some visual punches (aided by a Chemical Brothers score) and trowels on the symbolism. Blanchett relishes her she-wolf role, hunting little teen assassin Ronan across Europe.
13 Assassins (15)
Noble samurai spring a trap for an evil lord »
- Steve Rose
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Cult director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic »
Director: Takashi Miike Writers: Kaneo Ikegami and Daisuke Tengan Cinematographer: Nobuyasu Kita Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Gorô Inagaki Studio/Running Time: Magnet Releasing, 126 min. While Takashi Miike’s name here in the United States will forever by synonymous with his ultra-violent pictures like Ichi the Killer and Audition, at this point he’s worked in pretty much every genre under the sun—not a huge surprise considering that he’s likely the most prolific director of all time (IMDb lists 83 projects he’s directed since 1991). Even so, there are still large consistencies to his pictures, which tend to boast »
In the film, Kaiji faces the challenge of a monster pachinko machine called “Numa” with a massive potential payout of over 1 billion yen.
Iseya will play Seiya Ichijou, the young manager of the a casino who controls numa from a remote location, making it impossible for anyone to get the max payout.
Toho has also revealed that the film will be released in Japan on November 5, 2011.
Source: Cinema Today
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.
Miike’s remake of Eichi Kudo’s classic 1963 samurai period action-drama Jusan-nin No Shikaku boasts a heavyweight cast featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary Japanese cinema, including Koji Yakusho (Babel; Memoirs Of A Geisha), Takayuki Yamada (252: Sign Of Life), Yusuke Iseya (Sukiyaki Western Django; Memories Of Matsuko; Casshern), Mikijiro Hira (Goemon) and Hiroki Matsukata (Tajomaru: Avenging Blade; Ichi).
We’ve just been sent the official UK trailer and poster (pictured above) for the film by the good folks at Artifical Eye, who unleash 13 Assassins into UK cinemas on May 6th 2011.
We've been sent four exclusive images from Takashi Miike's new film 13 Assassins. The movie takes place in feudal Japan and centers on a group of assassins who come together to kill an evil lord. While Miike is (in)famous for his brutal and graphic films like Audition and Ichi the Killer, I've spoken to people who have seen 13 Assassins and been told it's far more accessible and not in the "Would You Like Nightmares Forever?" realm of his more famous films. Hit the jump to check out the images. 13 Assassins stars Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, and Yûsuke Iseya. The film is currently available via Video-on-Demand. It opens in theaters in limited release on April 29th. [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] Here's the official synopsis for 13 Assassins: Cult director Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed »
- Matt Goldberg
Directed by Takashi Miike
13 Assassins plunges the audience straight into a swift hara-kiri ritual, and the dominant aesthetic of the movie subsequently involves metal tearing into muscle. Although he has worked in many different genres, from family films, to musicals, to taboo-breaking horror, Miike is perhaps at his best (and at his most internationally appealing – go figure!) when his narratives revolve around evisceration. 13 Assassins is his entry into the extensive jidaigeki genre, Japanese period drama about the Edo era, featuring samurai, shoguns, fleeing villagers, and lots of swordplay. Miike plays strictly by jidaigeki rules. Rather than reconstruction he sticks with tradition; every character is an archetype, every situation a set piece. The »
New, bloody as all get-out UK trailer for Takashi Miike’s “13 Assassins”. The prolific Japanese director looks to be in fine form, as he sends 13 assassins out to kill a murdering, raping Lord in feudal Japan. Much fun is had by all. Except the 400 or so bodyguards the lord has at his disposal, that is. Yeah, it’s that kind of a mission, and it’s that kind of a movie from the unpredictable Miike. Cult director Takeshi Miike delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future. Starring Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada and Yûsuke Iseya. “13 Assassins” opens May 6, 2011 in UK theaters and April 29, 2011 Stateside. But if you can’t wait to get to the bloodletting, »
“The time has come to lay down your lives for a better cause.”
If you’re a fan of legendary Director Takashi Miike’s work or martial arts movies in general, 13 Assassins looks to be one of hottest foreign genre movies of 2011. Check out the trailer, it’s pretty intense and feels like a cross between Braveheart and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
Cult director Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.
13 Assassins comes to theaters on April 29th, 2011. »
The 13 Assassins Movie Trailer has premiered. Takashi Miike‘s 13 Assassins (2010) stars Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki, and Masachika Ichimura. 13 Assassin’s plot synopsis: ”Cult director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.” Why can’t Hollywood make an action movie this hardcore and sensational looking. Sucker Punch looks like it has nothing on 13 Assassins. The last American film that I saw that looked this good was Kill Bill. Oh that’s right, movie studios like there films PG-13 to maximize the amount of people that can see the film. Miike really should be given an American film to direct with a free hand. »
The first trailer has been released for the upcoming Takashi Miike samurai adventure 13 Assassins, which will be released in theaters nationwide on April 29. Click on the video player below to take a look at this new period adventure.
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Cult director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.
After garnering strong reviews since its Venice/Toronto premiere last fall, Takashi Miike‘s 13 Assassins is finally hitting theaters here in the Us. Judging from this new trailer, it looks to be an amped-up version of Akira Kurowasa‘s classic masterpiece The Seven Samurai. While it is impossible to touch that film, I can’t wait to see what Miike has up his sleeve. The film stars Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya Koyata, Goro Inagaki, Masachika Ichimura, Mikijiro Hira and you can see the trailer below via Apple.
Synopsis: Cult director Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.
Magnet will release the film on »
- Jordan Raup
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