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13 ASSASSINS IS OUT NOW!

Takashi Miike's blistering Samurai epic 13 ASSASSINS finally arrives on UK DVD and Blu-ray, available in store and online. Look out for the special DVD edition at HMV, with an exclusive sleeve and a selection of art cards. Still wondering whether 13 Assassins is for you? Read the latest reviews…

WHAT CULTURE see the contrast in 13 Assassins when you compare it to Takashi Miike's previous work:

“Overall, 13 Assassins is a rare thing indeed: a traditionally successful, wonderfully crafted film with main-stream appeal from one of the most self-consciously cult film-makers ever to turn his hand to cinema.” - WHAT CULTURE

]“A simple idea executed extremely well; a slow-burning tale of vengeance that offers up some fantastic action.” - DVD ACTIVE

“The new film by cult Japanese director Takeshi Miike is a blast. A no-holds barred swash-buckling epic of a samurai movie that shows why so many westerns are so closely linked with classic Japanese samurai films” - INDIE LONDON

“For fans of samurai cinema, 13 Assassins ranks right up there with Yôji Yamada's The Twilight Samurai (2002) and Takeshi Kitano's The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003) as one of the finer additions to the sub-genre in recent years.” - CINE-VUE


Deranged, deadly fun

13 ASSASSINS IS OUT TOMORROW

Not just another Samurai movie says THE SCOTSMAN:

“13 Assassins may look like another classic samurai film, but it is to Kurosawa's genre classics what Sam Peckinpah's westerns were to John Ford's. In other words, the stately cinematography and leisurely pacing belie the deranged, deadly fun fomenting away beneath the surface.”

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DVD ACTIVE declare Miike a master of the Samurai genre:

“Takashi Miike has delivered a bit of a classic in my mind. One of those movies that will be referred to and probably mimicked for a good few years because when someone perfectly masters a genre and in addition to that ups the game as well as this, you really can’t help but go nuts for it.”

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13 Assassins: Horrific Villain

13 ASSASSINS HIT UK DVD AND BLU-RAY ON MONDAY.

In this great review from BLOGOMATIC 3000, as well as generally praising the movie, notes that in Naritsugu, the films psychopathic bad guy, director Takashi Miike has given viewers a really nasty cinematic heel to boo and hiss at:

“Naritsugu is one of cinemas most horrific villains, he lives for death and pain. Takashi Miike knowns how to disturb and audience, and anyone watching will sit up and take notice.”

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Takashi Miike, the director responsible for such uncompromising and unforgettable movies as ‘Audition’ and ‘Ichi The Killer’ indelibly stamps his trademark style on the Samurai genre with the ultra-violent, all-action, blood-spattered epic, 13 Assassins.

One of the most prolific, wildly unpredictable and controversial directors in cinema, here Miike reinvents himself once more “in top, slash-tastic form” (Variety), throwing in several obvious nods to the works of Akira Kurosawa and enough grotesquery to satisfy his loyal legions of fans, with a movie that has been described as a “handsomely mounted samurai adventure” (Cinematical) that is “too damn magnificent to ignore” (Twitch).

Executive produced by Toshiaki Nakazawa (producer of ‘Departures’, the winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Film) and Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor; Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence), Miike’s remake of Eichi Kudo’s classic 1963 samurai period action-drama ‘Jusan-nin No Shikaku’ boasts a heavyweight cast featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary Japanese cinema, including Koji Yakusho (Babel; Memoirs Of A Geisha), Takayuki Yamada (252: Sign Of Life), Yusuke Iseya (Sukiyaki Western Django; Memories Of Matsuko; Casshern), Mikijiro Hira (Goemon) and Hiroki Matsukata (Tajomaru: Avenging Blade; Ichi).

Nominated for the prestigious Golden Lion award at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival, 13 Assassins has also been nominated for 10 Japanese Academy Awards including those for Picture of the Year, Director of the Year, Screenplay of the Year and Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Koji Yakusho).

Synopsis:

In mid-19th Century Japan the era of the samurai is beginning to fade as the feudal nation begins to enjoy a rare period of peace. But the fragile calm is soon threatened by the bloody rise of Lord Naritsugu, the Shogun’s sadistic, psychopathic younger brother, whose position places him above the law and free to rape, mutilate and murder on a whim. Concerned that Naritsugu’s actions will eventually destroy the Shogunate, top Shogun official Sir Doi covertly calls on esteemed and noble samurai warrior Shinzaemon Shimada to assassinate the evil Lord before it is too late. Shinzaemon willingly agrees and immediately gathers together an elite group of samurai to assist him in the task, knowing that what they are about to embark upon may well prove to be a suicide mission.

Following weeks of training and preparation, Shinzaemon and his men head off on a perilous journey through the mountains, hoping to ambush Lord Naritsugu and his entourage. However, on finally coming face to face with their target, the 13 samurai discover Naritsugu’s men hugely outnumber them. Disregarding the odds, the fearless assassins continue with their plan and initiate a bloody showdown that they cannot allow to end until Naritsugu lies dying.

Distributor:
Artificial Eye
Certificate:
15
In Cinemas:
6th May, 2011
Release date:
5th September, 2011
Running time:
126 mins
Director:
Takashi Miike
Stars:

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Distributor:
Artificial Eye
Certificate:
15
In Cinemas from:
6th May, 2011
Release date:
5th September, 2011
Director:
Takashi Miike
Stars:

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