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Thirteen versus two hundred? I like those odds...

The 13 assassins of '13 Assassins' (2011) - a film that does what it says on the tin

13 Assassins is a samurai film in the classic vein, and it looks amazing. Written and directed by cult Japanese director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer), 13 Assassins played at the SXSW and is widely considered to be one of the best of Miike's over 80 (eighty!) films! 13 Assassins represents somewhat of a departure for Miike, who most often works in present-day Yakuza gangster violence. Instead 13 Assassins is set in the past, at the end of the feudal period in Japan. However, certain Miike elements remain: psychotic main characters, sadomasochism, ultra-violence, etc.

Based on actual events, 13 Assassins tells the story of a group of samurai who are enlisted to take down the sociopathic Lord Naritsugu before he becomes a Shogun. In the end, the film culminates in a scene in which the 13 take on 200 of Lord Naritsugu's warriors: this scene, which has been referred to as "an epic battle ... both bloody spectacular and spectacularly bloody."

The official trailer for the film builds the horror, and the story, and brings us just enough of a glimpse of the epic battle at the end to leave the audience wanting more. See it for yourself below.

13 Assassins is actually a remake of a 1963 film of the same name, Jusan-nin no Shikau. It stars Koji Yakushgo, who American audiences may recognize from the film Memoirs of a Geisha. At over two hours, the epic battle scene takes over 45 minutes to complete. How could anyone not want to see that? The official synopsis from the film's website states:

"Cult director Takeshi Miike delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future."

13 Assassins will premiere on April 26th in the US.

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