Director: Takashi Miike Run Time: 141 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 2010 Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Starring: Goro Inagaki, Kazue Fukiishi, Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya
Screenwriter: Daisuke Tengan
Producers: Minami Ichikawa, Tôichirô Shiraishi, Michihiko Yanagisawa
In-Person introduction by 13 Assassins’ Executive Producer Jeremy Thomas
Japan’s most prolific auteur Takashi Miike lends his vision to this astounding Samurai epic. In this remake of a 1963 film based on historical events, Shinzaemon Shimada leads a team of assassins in 19th-century Japan to eliminate the ruthless Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is wreaking havoc against his own people. Hired secretly by a government official hoping to end Matsudaira’s reign of terror, Shimada recruits the best samurai in Japan and then sets a trap for the lord’s large contingent of faithful bodyguards. Culminating in a 45-minute expertly choreographed battle, this jaw-dropping spectacle gives you more than you bargained for.