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

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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 »


Hanbei Kitou: Who are you? You're no samurai.
Koyata: So what? Do only samurai matter in this world? I thought samurai would be fun but you bore me. You're useless, even more useless in great numbers.
Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira: [stabs him] This man speaks the truth. His reward is my short sword.
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By far Miike's most outstanding film to date
4 April 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Having been furious at American cinema for releasing some garbage over the past few years, I have purely focused on international cinema and more so Asian cinema. You would be hard pressed finding better films than what South Korea has to offer. Unless you stumble across 13 Assassins. My god, what an experience. And that is exactly what it is, an experience. Exactly what cinema is meant to be. I will not spoil any part of this film other than saying, if you are sick and tired of the same old melodramatic, over hyped, under performed, over budgeted, egotistical, run of the mil ho hum doldrum from modern day cinema, then you must (and I mean must) see 13 Assassins. This film is a solid entry from Takashi Miike. His previous films were everything from outstanding to bizarre, but this film speaks volumes. It is a film reminiscent of 7 Samurai, brilliantly executed. Takashi Miike has certainly matured in his vision, bringing to the screen an instant classic. Tell your people, friends, family, scream it from the rooftops.....13 Assassins is brilliant! Now, how long will it take Hollywood to bastardize this film?

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