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.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
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, 05.26.2011
"13 Assassins" has what many action pictures need, a villain who transcends evil and ascends to a realm of barbaric madness.Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 05.25.2011
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, 06.10.2011
A film, like so many samurai stories (and American westerns) about brotherhood, justice and sacrifice, 13 Assassins is, at turns, thrilling and funny, visually exquisite and emotionally charged.Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, 05.12.2011