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      13 Assassins

      1963 2h 5m Adventure Action List
      Reviews 64% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Assassins band together to kill a murderer and rapist. Read More Read Less

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      Georgan G 3 & 1/4 stars. One of the classic Samurai films. This has to do with an evil ruler who is disgracing the country so has to be killed. The strategy used for 13 to take down 10 times that many was intriguing. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Un clásico del cine japonés que cuenta la historia de 13 guerreros samurais que se revelan contra la autoridad del hermano del Shogun, por las atrocidades que éste está cometiendo contra su pueblo. Los 13 guerreros deciden enfrentarse al Shogun con todo su poder en lo que será una batalla sangrienta. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Not quite capturing the suspense of his later samurai trilogy, 13 Assassins sets the groundwork for the 2010 remake, but its mostly a dull affair. The long running time is mostly set up, and the half hour final is lacking suspense or tension. Basically the good guys trap the caravan of badguys and pick them off with arrows, then they stumble about until they finish their mission. Its lacking the suspense that would later be seen in The Great Killing and Eleven Samurai, but I can understand since this one was filmed first. The original Thirteen Assassins is okay. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Nesse original o roteiro parece mais bem desenvolvido. O Takeshi Mike sempre coloca alguma coisa bizarra nos filmes. Estragou o remake, mas esse original à (C) bom. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Outstanding jidai-geki, first of Kudo's trilogy which reflects its time of production while elaborating and exceeding the genre tropes. The characters, protagonist and antagonist alike, are typically shown to be motivated by bushido. However the late Tokugawa setting establishes these not as typical giri/ninjo conflicts of the genre, but as largely outdated ethics that turn their proponents into victims of historical and social forces beyond their control or full comprehension. Often overlooked abroad, 13 Assassins is clearly on the same level of excellence as Masaki Kobayashi's Seppuku or Hiroshi Inagaki's Chushingura/Loyal 47 Ronin of the year before. It shares the revolutionary spirit and critical sensibilty of Hideo Gosha, Kihachi Okamoto and Kenji Misumi. And the climactic village death trap might even be interestingly contrasted to the finale of Seven Samurai. This sentiment is even voiced more explicitly by the assassins leader, played by Chiezo Kataoka during his final duel with the villain's otherwise noble chamberlain, Ryohei Uchida. They are not killing one another out of personal malice, but necessity, and it is the anti-climactic fashion of Kataoka's end that defies the cliche of genre expectations. So too does the subsequent death of his loyal vassal, played by Ko Nishimura. The dying Kataoka tells his men to call a halt to the now even more senseless killing, as their historic objective has been reached. However, word does not reach the desperate and unarmed Nishimura in time. Instead of the noble death we might expect for a character of his type, he is brutally killed after a series of dodges and attempts to escape. Much of the dialogue throughout makes a point of how many koku of land/rice each main character's title encompasses. This serves to drive home the point of human life's precise monetary value, even more so does the film's final shot. I was a little disappointed after having seen Tetsuro Tanba and Junko Fuji in the opening credits to find that they are not featured that prominently. However, the film certainly does not suffer as a result. Akira Ifukube's score is typically great, and the art direction of Tokumichi Igawa, (Makai tensho, Iga ninpocho) is spectacular. The 13 assassins conversion of the village into a series of death traps provides an excellent backdrop which supports the theme by providing countless opportunities for strategic retreat and indirect combat. It is exciting to see from the stills of Takashi Miike's remake that these elements are being recreated with great authenticity. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Assassins band together to kill a murderer and rapist.
      Director
      Eiichi Kudo
      Screenwriter
      Kaneo Ikegami
      Genre
      Adventure, Action
      Original Language
      Japanese
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 18, 2016
      Runtime
      2h 5m