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

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A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

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Shinrokuro Shimada
Yûsuke Iseya ...
Koyata Kiga
Ikki Sawamura ...
Gunjiro Mitsuhashi
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Heizo Sahara
Sôsuke Takaoka ...
Yasokichi Hioki
Seiji Rokkaku ...
Mosuke Otake
Kazuki Namioka ...
Rihei Ishizuka
Kôen Kondô ...
Yahachi Horii
Yûma Ishigaki ...
Gannai Higuchi
Masataka Kubota ...
Shojiro Ogura
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Hiroki Matsukata ...
Kazue Fukiishi ...
Tsuya / Upashi
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Chise Makino
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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 Akash 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 samurais. Shinza promises to kill Naritsugu and he gathers eleven other samurais and plots a plan to attack Naritsugu in his trip back to the Akash 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 samurais 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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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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£124,377 (UK) (6 May 2011)

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$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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Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira: Hanbei?
Hanbei Kitou: Huh?
Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira: You think the age of war was like this?
Hanbei Kitou: Perhaps
Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira: It's magnificent. With death comes gratitude for life. If a man has lived in vain, then how trivial his life is. Oh, Hanbei. Something wonderful has come to my mind.
Hanbei Kitou: Huh?
Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira: Once I'm on the Shogun's council, let's bring the age of war.
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A Future Classic by Takashi Miike
24 October 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 1844, the peace of the Feudal Japan is threatened by the cruel Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira (Gorô Inagaki) that is politically rising and getting closer to his half-brother, the shogun. After the harakiri of Namiya clan leader, the samurai Shinzaemon Shimada (Kôji Yakusho) is summoned by the shogun's adviser Sir Doi (Mikijiro Hira) of the Akash Clan to listen to the tragedy of Makino Uneme ((Takumi Saitô), 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 samurais.

Shinza promises to kill Naritsugu and he gathers eleven other samurais and plots a plan to attack Naritsugu in his trip back to the Akash land. But the cunning samurai Hanbei Kitou (Masachika Ichimura) that is responsible for the security of his master foresees Shinza's intent. Shinza decides to go with his samurais through the mountain, where they find the hunter Koyata (Yûsuke Iseya) that guides them off the mountain and joins the group. Now the thirteen men prepare an ambush to Naritsugu and his army of two hundred samurais in a suicide mission to stop evil.

"Jûsan-nin no shikaku", a.k.a, "13 Assassins", is a future classic of the samurai genre by Takashi Miike. It is inevitable to compare this film with Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurais" and the epic "The 300 Spartans", but "13 Assassins" is among the best samurais movies I have ever seen, with a solid story in the Edo period of Japan, stunning cinematography, wonderful performances and fantastic choreography in the battle scenes. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "13 Assassinos" ("13 Assassins")


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