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13 Assassins (2010) More at IMDbPro »Jûsan-nin no shikaku (original title)

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13 Assassins -- In this thrilling samurai film, 13 warriors join forces to kill an evil tyrant pushing a nation to the brink of war. Facing suicidal odds, they must take on his deadly army in an epic fight to the death.
13 Assassins -- A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.
13 Assassins -- 13 Assassins -- "Total Massacre"
13 Assassins -- Cult director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era. 13 Assassins is centered around a group of elite samurai who are secretly enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord.


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Kaneo Ikegami (based on a screenplay by)
Daisuke Tengan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
25 September 2010 (Japan) See more »
A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Takashi Miike 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kaneo Ikegami  based on a screenplay by
Daisuke Tengan  screenplay

Produced by
Takashi Hirajô .... executive producer
Minami Ichikawa .... producer
Hiroaki Kitano .... co-executive producer
Tomoko Machida .... co-executive producer
Shigeji Maeda .... producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... executive producer
Toshiyasu Ohmiya .... co-executive producer
Takahiro Ohno .... producer
Yûji Shimamoto .... co-executive producer
Yoshishige Shimatani .... co-executive producer (as Yoshinari Shimatani)
Tôichirô Shiraishi .... producer
Kazuomi Susaki .... co-producer
Jeremy Thomas .... executive producer
Michio Uematsu .... co-executive producer
Hisashi Usui .... co-producer
Michihiko Yanagisawa .... producer
Kagami Yoshida .... co-executive producer
Kôji Yoshida .... producer
Yutaka Ônishi .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Kôji Endô 
Cinematography by
Nobuyasu Kita (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kenji Yamashita 
Production Design by
Yûji Hayashida 
Costume Design by
Kazuhiro Sawataishi 
Production Management
Shin'ya Zenda .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kimiyoshi Adachi .... first assistant director
Art Department
Isao Tsuge .... art director: characters
Sound Department
Daniel Cabrera Majada .... spanish sap mixer
Jun Nakamura .... sound recordist
Kenji Shibasaki .... sound effects
Daniel Cabrera Majada .... dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Natsuko Watanabe .... compositor
Mao Asô .... stunts
Keiji Tsujii .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Yoshimi Watabe .... gaffer
Casting Department
Emi Fukuda .... casting coordinator
Other crew
Chiara Gelardin .... for HanWay Films
Paul Hillier .... insurance
Alainée Kent .... development executive: Recorded Picture Company
Jonathan Lynch-Staunton .... for HanWay Films
Richard Mansell .... business and legal affairs: Recorded Picture Company
Peter Watson .... managing director: Recorded Picture Company
Fabien Westerhoff .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films
Jorge Lima .... assistant publicist: international (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Jûsan-nin no shikaku" - Japan (original title)
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Rated R for sequences of bloody violence, some disturbing images and brief nudity
141 min | 126 min (International version)
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Kôji Yakusho and Gorô Inagaki also played opponents in University of Laughs (2004) ("University of Laughs").See more »
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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39 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
The Master Strikes Again, 29 May 2011
Author: Allison Lyzenga (MyFilmHabit) from United States

I'm a huge fan of Takashi Miike, so I was very excited to be able to attend a sneak peek of his latest film. Miike's one of those directors who seems to be trying to make at least one film in every style, and this latest is his foray into the classic "samurai avenging injustices" genre. Only, we all know by now that Miike's style is anything but "classic." He always manages to find a way to infuse his own unique, warped imprint into everything he touches. Especially since he insists on making the most bizarre cameos possible in all the films he directs. They are always really fun to watch for.

So, this film is great. It starts off just as slowly as any of these old period pieces set in feudal era Japan, but it quickly descends into pure mayhem and madness. Shinzaemon is a retired samurai, but he is prompted back into action when he learns that the Shogun's "adopted" (code for bastard) son, Lord Naritsugu, has been terrorizing peasants. He's been killing and mutilating men, women and children all throughout the land, and all with the most cold- hearted, disinterested cruelty. So Shinzaemon decides to assemble a band of other idle samurai to hunt this despot down and assassinate him. Those would be the thirteen assassins that give this film its title. And they really are a very mismatched band of warriors. And these men are caricatures—each outrageous in his own way.

The one thing I really love about Takashi Miike's style is that he's never afraid to just go for it. He's got no shame, and absolutely no restraint. I think this is because he has a deep-rooted sense of humor (albeit a very dark one). It's an ability to identify and appreciate the absurdity in life. Miike's films have a reputation for being pretty violent and bloody (and this one is certainly no exception). But they are also incredibly funny. The gore is certainly meant to shock, but I don't think it's just for the sake of a cheap thrill. I think it's meant to throw us of balance. His work is horrifying where we expect delicacy, and actually quite subtle where viewers typically expect to find vulgarity. Of course, we can always count on Miike for some truly silly stunts too. The result is audiences that are quite delighted and amused, even after witnessing all the horror and disfigurement and devastation. Those moments are upsetting and heartbreaking, for sure. But, Miike really understands how a film should flow, and balances these difficult scenes with the right dose of irreverence. He's a true master, and this film is a roaring success.

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