13 ASSASSINS (2011) [feature]

Japan (MIFF 2011 , Accent on Asia)
Director: Takashi Miike

"[Director] Takashi Miike is in top, slashtastic form." - Variety

Kinetic Japanese director Takashi Miike (Audition, MIFF 2000, Sukiyaki Western Django, MIFF 2007) returns with an homage to his legendary compatriot Akira Kurosawa.

In 19th century Japan, a time of peace is threatened by the rise of a sadistic, murderous young lord. Brother to the Shogun, the lord is politically protected - so a team of samurai is secretly assembled to eliminate him.

A slow-burn period epic that builds to a visceral tumble of intense samurai action, 13 Assassins is Miike at the top of his game.

"13 Assassins is pure pleasure: it culminates in a magnificent 45-minute showdown that has to be the best final battle sequence in cinema since Kill Bill." - Screen International

D Takashi Miike P Toshiaki Nakazawa, Jeremy Thomas, Takashi Hirajo S Daisuke Tengan Dist Icon L Japanese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2011

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