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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.


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Raph Del Villar said:
14 blades, 300, warrior's way etc., I love this kind of movies especially if it involves the art of the sword and the famous "me vs. all of you" plot. I will definitely watch this.
(June 03, 2011 12:00:00 AM)
Doji Lopez said:
This opened in the US, in limited release, only last Apil29. Blades of all sorts are a personal guilty pleasure, and next to hand-hand combat, are my favorite form of action on film. Blades have been missing in popular commercial flicks, and Asians have an innate flair for doing it with style, physicality and violent elegance. I hope this comes to Manila. Thanks for the info, Spanx!
(May 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM)
Chad Gelano said:
Where is this out? Cinema or dvd?
(May 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM)
Ernest Rasco said:
will definitely wait for this!
(May 24, 2011 12:00:00 AM)

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