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Jûsan-nin no shikaku (2010)

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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:
... Shinzaemon Shimada
... Shinrokuro Shimada
... Koyata Kiga
Ikki Sawamura ... Gunjiro Mitsuhashi
... Heizo Sahara
... Yasokichi Hioki
Seiji Rokkaku ... Mosuke Otake
Kazuki Namioka ... Rihei Ishizuka
... Yahachi Horii
Yûma Ishigaki ... Gannai Higuchi
Masataka Kubota ... Shojiro Ogura
... Kujuro Hirayama
Hiroki Matsukata ... Saheita Kuranaga
Kazue Fukiishi ... Tsuya / Upashi
... 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 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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13 Assassins  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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£124,377 (United Kingdom), 8 May 2011, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,854, 1 May 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$802,524, 21 August 2011
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Matsudaira Naritsugu was a real historical figure. He lived from 1811 to 1835. He was lord of the area called Akashi which is nowadays in the Kansai area of Japan. See more »

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Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira: Some call it elegance. Some call it cruel. I like it.
[kicks his retainer's severed head]
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A Future Classic by Takashi Miike
24 October 2012 | by 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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