Some know that when the warrior spirit beckons, you can do nothing, want to do nothing more, than to heed that call. A balloon that's lost its air. Every single person in this movie- from main characters to extras- put in %100, if not more. It was a sitting on the edge of your seat through the entire thing. At midpoint, I felt the movie lagged. My recommendation is to watch the Miike interview on the bonus disc which reveals some insights on what the director hoped to achieve while making the film and what he left open to the viewer's interpretation.
Truncale Author: The Samurai Soul: An old warrior's poetic tribute. The director does a good job of focusing most of his attention on the hero and his nephew, but giving a good number of the other 13 a scene or two for us to care about their fate. His advisers cannot dissuade him. The gore in the movie is mostly off-screen - lots of blood, but only a few severed limbs, etc. 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.
For the warriors out there, and generations to follow. But the cunning samurai Hanbei Kitou that is responsible for the security of his master foresees Shinza's intent. This will force their target to go a different route that will lead him to a remote village. 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. 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. Sir Doi quickly hires an assassin to kill Naritsugu to prevent the impending danger although Naritsugu's guards learn of the hire. But the cunning samurai Hanbei Kitou that is responsible for the security of his master foresees Shinza's intent.
The villain is particularly good, casually and elegantly psychotic. The main villain is constantly tossing the bushido code in everyone's face to justify his villainy, and so the true battle becomes one between two old friends, one, a semi-retired samurai, who can see past the system to the good of the people, and the other, the villain's right hand man, who has done and seen so much bad he can't bring himself to accept he's part of the problem. Lord Doi then decides to assassinate Naritsugu Matsudaira and orders samurai Shinzaemon Shimada Koji Yakusho to carry out the deed. The battle ensues and they trap their target in the village. The premise is simple: a nobleman of a powerful clan is in line for the top job in rural Japan. Naritsugu has hired thugs to slow down the assassins while he is on his way in hope that he will have a safe journey.
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. The assassin hires eleven more samurai who both himself and Sir Doi can trust. 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. Considering it is 2 hours and 6 minutes long, there was a real reason I had to see it a second time. This was during the final years of the samurai. I particularly enjoy period films that reflect the ideals of bushido and this one definitely delivers! He is ruthless and does not care which family he tramples on. It may be the nature of the Japanese culture that may have influenced the ending but for a Japanese American bred mostly on American movies the ending was a let down.
Some of you will understand the reasons why this had to happen, beyond the surface of what is shown and told. 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. He feels that this danger is approaching quickly and will do whatever it takes to keep Naritsugu form ascending to another rank in the governmental system. A band of assassins is put together with the sole purpose of killing him. Now the thirteen men prepare an ambush to Naritsugu and his army of two hundred samurai in a suicide mission to stop evil. We do not host or upload any video, films, media files avi, mov, flv, mpg, mpeg, divx, dvd rip, mp3, mp4, torrent, ipod, psp , dramafans. This film is definitely not for kids as it shines a bright and unflinching light at the shogunate era's brutality towards everyone, but especially the women.
My favorite Samurai movie is the Lone Wolf and Cub entire series, which I have seen most of them. Like many of the Japanese Samurai themes, this one has to do with honor and revenge. I also liked the Seven Samurai and numerous other Japanese martial art movies. Shinzaemon Shimada believes the only way to assassinate Naritsugu Matsudaira is to ambush him in the town of Ochlai, while he is returning home from Edo. 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. I did see this before and decided to give it another chance.
The camera work and lighting lots of slow dolly shots through windows, around columns , the music, the acting are all excellent. . This is a very well-done take on the Samurai genre. To form a road block, a few of the samurai are sent ahead to bribe at town to close the road. Action Adventure Drama 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. Storyline: 13 Assassins 2010 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.
The rest of you will understand that there need not have been a showing nor telling why it had to happen. Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is the younger brother of the shogun Ieyoshi, is set to become the Roju next year. Matsudaira likes to do whatever he pleases without any care as to it effects other people around him. He is a very evil man in nature. 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. Lord Matsudaira Naritsugu is the younger brother of the current Shogun. The twelve plan to attack their target on the long journey from Edo to his home.