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13 Assassins (2010)
"Jûsan-nin no shikaku" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  25 September 2010 (Japan)
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A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Yûsuke Iseya ...
Ikki Sawamura ...
Arata Furuta ...
Sôsuke Takaoka ...
Seiji Rokkaku ...
Kazuki Namioka ...
Kôen Kondô ...
Yûma Ishigaki ...
Gannai Higuchi
Masataka Kubota ...
Hiroki Matsukata ...
Kazue Fukiishi ...
Tsuya / Upashi
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In 1844, the peace of Feudal Japan is threatened by cruel Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is politically rising and getting closer to his half-brother, the shogun. After the harakiri of the Namiya clan leader, samurai Shinzaemon Shimada is summoned by the shogun's advisor Sir Doi of the Akashi Clan to listen to the tragedy of Makino Uneme, whose son and daughter-in-law have been murdered by Naritsugu. Then Sir Doi shows a woman with arms, legs and tongue severed by Naritsugu and she writes with her forearm a request to Shinza to slaughter Naritsugu and his samurai. Shinza promises to kill Naritsugu and he gathers eleven other samurais and plots a plan to attack Naritsugu in his trip back to the Akashi land. But the cunning samurai Hanbei Kitou that is responsible for the security of his master foresees Shinza's intent. Shinza decides to go with his samurai through the mountain, where they find the hunter Koyata that guides them off the mountain and joins the group. Now the thirteen men... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for sequences of bloody violence, some disturbing images and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 2010 (Japan)  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$45,854 (USA) (29 April 2011)


$802,524 (USA) (19 August 2011)

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Actor Kôji Yakusho and Gorô Inagaki also played as opponents in Warai No Daigaku (University of Laughs, 2004). See more »


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Best Samurai Movie Seen in A Long Time
22 May 2011 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Well I had heard a lot about this movies and read about it a lot, so i was very excited to see what was all the craze about....

And boy was I in for a surprise, its one of the best samurai movies in a long time, and one of the best if don't count Akira Kurosawa's works, I have seen the best of em all, be it seven samurai, sanjuro, yojimbo, the sword of doom... This movie makes a place for itself between those masterpieces.

Right from the start you start getting a feel for movie, the actors portray their parts very well, especially the one who play's the Lord, his cold hearted portrayal will remain in your hearts for a long time, and the last 30 min of the movie is unbelievable, all the blasts, the sword fights, the massacre, the last one on one sequence could have been a little better but it was awesome anyways.....

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