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13 Assassins

3

Takashi Miike's period samurai drama takes a while to get going, but the fight sequences make it worthwhile

13 Assassins review

A man of many talents, most of them to do with genius cinema violence, Takashi Miike (Audition) returns with a devoutly classical, if not exactly classic, remake of a 1963 period samurai film.

After assembling his (not so) dirty (baker’s) dozen, Koji Yakusho ambushes an evil lord’s army, despite being suicidally outnumbered.

All politics and posturing, the first two-thirds of the film are stiff and uninvolving, and although the climatic 45-minute free-for-all is genuinely spectacular, it’s clear where the director’s heart lies.

“I thought samurai would be fun!” whines one chap. So did we.

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    • ChrisWootton

      May 19th 2011, 13:31

      5

      Pitiful review.. absolutely pitiful. The film was magnificent. What's happening to the reviews in your magazine guys? I've been reading since issue 1 and they are now in the same quality as a free blockbuster magazine.

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    • devilsfoxes

      Aug 26th 2011, 0:13

      2

      i hope for a longer and more thoughtful review for this film in the future. while not perfect it is extremely well made and is the rarest of action films in that it makes you feel every single strike of the blade in the final battle through its careful and deliberate setup. either way, the film deserves a better written review. to say miike heart is just in the battle is pretty obnoxious. he has a clear, deliberate focus throughout on juggling realism and fantasy and delivers something no other action film has gotten right in ages, a truly evil, memorable villain.

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    • devilsfoxes

      Aug 26th 2011, 0:13

      1

      spposed to be 5 stars

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    • devilsfoxes

      Aug 26th 2011, 0:14

      5

      argh!

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