An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
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
The 13 assassins plan to attack Matsudaira Naritsugu while his journeying to Edo (the old name for Tokyo). In the Edo period the lords of Japan had to travel and stay in Edo. This was called Sankin-kotai, or official journey. The lords stayed to show their loyalty to the shogun and the system helped the shogun keep tabs on the lords. See more »
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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