5 May 2011 3:23 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

(Rob’s glowing review of 13 Assassins from the Venice Film Festival re-posted as the film begins limited U.K. theatrical run from today)

Takeshi Miike’s 13 Assassins, the second Japanese film shown in competition for this year’s Golden Lion (the other being the underwhelming Norwegian Wood), is a samurai epic in the mould of Akira Kurosawa. In fact, it borrows much from Seven Samurai. The recruiting of the men; the Toshiro Mifune-style comic rouge of lower class stock; the lashing rainfall; and the epic final encounter in a village. But the director of Dead or Alive (not that one) and Ichi the Killer is not a traditionalist or a respecter of the old guard, so it will come as no surprise to fans that there is an undercurrent of subversion and satire, especially during the film’s astounding finale.

The film departs from Seven Samurai »

- Robert Beames

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