Excerpt: Magnolia chose to cut out a whole sub-plot. From the deleted scenes it's clear that Koyata the hunter is indeed a woodland spirit, a tanuki. The only reason that in the Magnolia cut it seems "open to interpretation" is because Magnolia cut out all the scenes that signal his real nature, for example, a scene alluding to his insatiable sexual appetite (the big testicles thing; don't worry, nothing explicit is shown).
Summary: Great movie; watched it twice already. It's along the lines of Seven Samurai or Magnificent Seven. I always enjoy stories about the Japanese feudal culture; this one has a good story, acting, and vibrant scenes. I strongly recommend if you are into Asian action. -- This is not your typical kung-fu in which you grow action numbed by the end of the first scene. The action is well Great movie; watched it twice already.
Summary: 13 Assassins works on numerous levels, as a sumptuously rich period drama, as an action-packed historical epic, as a complex political thriller and as a moral tale of revenge and honour. The film follows a small group of samurai and ronin who band together to bring down a diabolical, but politically untouchable warlord.
Summary: Granted, i watched it at midnight, the only showing in our area. Still, the movie was engaging. There is a deep level of violence that will be difficult for most - think kill bill. The story however unfolds brilliantly and somehow i don't think i noticed the time pass.
Summary: Right away you could tell it should be taken seriously. Nothing fantastical or Hollywood about it. Very well shot and has an excellent story, as well as, enthralling dialogue. You are so invested in the story that when the action arrives it seems like a bonus. The action itself is fast-paced and gritty with very little c.g.i. Once the major battle ensues it continues unwavering until Right away you could tell it should be taken seriously.
Summary: I found this incredible tedious. You've seen all the action sequences before (and the ones you haven't don't come off well--flaming, low-budget, CGI warthogs, for example) and there's just not a lot of substance or real themes here. In fact, though the movie does question the nobility of lower status individuals sacrificing themselves for elites, it's like a typically bad action movie, I found this incredible tedious.
Summary: Terrible. The same crap that I've seen in every samurai movie, repeated step by step and image by image. If you want to see yet another Samurai movie that starts with a monster-leader doing atrocities on innocent people, so that you feel no torture or death is good enough for him, then progress to the little guys defeating the big guys by each of them hacking 10 people to death with Terrible.
Excerpt: Suffice to say they don't make movies like this anymore! 13 Assassins harkens back to the days of Seven Samurai and its likes of Western action films from the 60s-70s. Small wonder its getting rave reviews everywhere. Definitely recommend it but suggest a strong stomach when it comes to violence.
"I shall accomplish your task... with magnificence"
7 July 2011
Excerpt: Takashi Miike takes his style of story telling to a different level here. And wonderfully so. This has got to be one of the best samurai films ever made. The story itself is fairly simple. It's the characters that make up it's complexity. And all the performances are amazing. The action shows the chaos of the battle without ever becoming vague and keeps both tension and brutality in the forefront of the fight scenes ....to sum it up, it's truly kick-ass.
Excerpt: A Remake of a 60s Samurai film of the same name, 13 Assassins follows Shinzaemon Shimada as he is tasked to bring Lord Naritsugu to justice. The film plays out similarly to Seven Samurai, we are introduced to the Samurai and then they find themselves establishing a stronghold in a small village.