13 Assassins
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Cult director Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) 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 wartorn future. --(c) Magnet Pictures

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Familiar though it may be, as samurai movies go, 13 Assassins" is a killer."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Epic. Unforgettable. Relentless. Magnificently entertaining."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Culminates in a riveting, ingeniously plotted, and inventively shot 45-minute battle scene."
‑ Tom Mes, Film Comment Magazine
"...a big movie that will overwhelm you with its scope, and it's hard to imagine anyone topping it any time soon."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"A much fresher experience than would seem likely for such a well-trod genre."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"This slam-bang remake of a 1963 feature by Eichi Kudo builds slowly, accumulating characters and themes, then explodes into a prolonged and masterful battle sequence inside a deserted town."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Though 13 Assassins' setup could stand some tightening, it's all necessary prelude to a spectacular, action-packed final hour where all hell breaks loose and the streets and rooftops flow with blood."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Miike shows us the absurdity of war by showing us the thrill of war."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Consegue combinar uma abordagem mais clássica, tradicional, aos toques de violência bizarra típicas da filmografia de Miike."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Miike's sadistic fetishization of violence and suffering is nowhere in evidence."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"One can pinpoint the exact moment when 13 Assassins transforms from vivid samurai drama to insane work of genius."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Does Guinness World Records have an entry for longest on-screen fight? If it doesn't, Takashi Miike's "13 Assassins" just set it. And if a record actually exists, Miike's film just broke it."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
"Entirely too long, but the samurai game of cat and mouse, the strategizing, is fascinating."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"13 Assassins evokes a classic filmmaking style sharpened by Takashi Miike's modern energy."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"A wildly entertaining blockbuster that should appeal outside the extreme Asian cinema niche market."
‑ Andreas Heinemann, Flicks.co.nz
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