13 Assassins
13 Assassins (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 29, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2011
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Takashi Miike's electric remake of Eiichi Kudo's 1963 period action film is a wild spectacle executed with killer, dizzying panache.

Tom Long
Detroit News

Familiar though it may be, as samurai movies go, 13 Assassins" is a killer.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Epic. Unforgettable. Relentless. Magnificently entertaining.

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Daniel Kasman

As this finale makes clear, Miike is well aware of the conventionality of "13 Assassins" and clearly is comfortable following and continuing its form.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

Though 13 Assassins' setup could stand some tightening, it's all necessary prelude to a spectacular, action-packed final hour where all hell breaks loose and the streets and rooftops flow with blood.

Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

... a superbly executed but straightforward men on a mission film where the increasingly outmoded ideals of duty and honor and meaning through sacrifice are at the heart of the matter.

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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News

One can pinpoint the exact moment when 13 Assassins transforms from vivid samurai drama to insane work of genius.

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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post

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.

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Mr. Miike has done such a remarkable job with the overall saga and the characters that one can't help but become emotionally invested.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Slick well done period flick. yes its subtitled, get over and enjoy an immensely good action movie.
Jens S.
Even though it starts out slowly, the film only takes two gruesome scenes to establish the bad guy as monster. What follows is a lot of recruiting and planning… More
Carlos MagalhŃes
I wish the film had taken some time to explore more the 13 assassins, at least to make us able to better distinguish them in the exhilarating final battle, but… More
xGary Xx
When a brutal sociopath becomes next in line to take power over a then peaceful Japan, a small group of samurai are dispatched to prevent him from reaching his… More
Letitia Lew
Beautiful and brutal, chock full of tragic meaning. Lord Naritsugu is possibly the most hateful villain I've met yet; he makes Joffrey Baratheon look like… More
Al S
A ridiculously entertaining and breathtaking action masterpiece. A poetic, bloody, epic, unforgettable and remarkably relentless piece of genius from cult… More