13 ASSASSINS: The Bloodiest SAMURAI Movie Ever
Posted on May 24, 2011 by Spanky Hizon Enriquez
Some all him Japan's Tarantino.
Some call him the new Kurosawa.
I simply call him the most visceral Asian Director ever.
Takashi Miike combines the lush visuals and innovative cinematic techniques of Akira with Quentin's penchant for gritty, blood-drenched storytelling.
He's also one of the most prolific filmmakers in history; he's been averaging 3 full-length features per year; and he's not limited himself to one particular genre: he does period pieces, sentimental dramas, extreme horror, and all-out action equally well.
Case in point for the last? One of the most satisfyingly bloody Samurai films ever.
It's very Kurosawa, very Magnificent Seven: a simple tale of Samurai's fighting for honor and justice in the waning days of the Shoguns.
But the execution, literally and figuratively, is all out Tarantino, all out Kill Bill.
It's not for all tastes, and viewers will have to rely on subtitles, but I highly recommend this movie: it's real action. Organic. Old school mayhem. And not a CGI or wire-fu scene in sight.
If "13 Assassins" whets your appetite for more of Miike, grab a copy of "Ichi the Kiler" and "Audition"; two of the most gut-wrenching movies you'll ever see.
You've been warned.