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- Movie: 13 Assassins
- Romaji: Juusan-nin no shikaku / 13nin no Shikaku
- Japanese: 十三人の刺客
- Director: Takashi Miike
- Writer: Daisuke Tengan, Kaneo Ikegami
- Producer: Minami Ichikawa, Toichiro Shiraishi
- Cinematographer: Nobuyasu Kita
- World Premiere: September 9, 2010 (Venice Film Festival)
- Release Date: September 25, 2010
- Runtime: 141 min.
- Genre: Action
- Distributor: Toho
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
In late Edo period of Japan, a vassal of the Akashi Domain named Tosho Mamiya (Seiyo Uchino ) commits suicide in front of the gate of Roju, the family of Lord Doi (Mikijiro Hira). By his suicide, he accuses the lord of Akashi Domain, Naritsugu Matsudaira (Goro Inagaki), with committing atrocities like murder & rape. Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is the younger brother of the shogun Ieyoshi, is set to become the Roju next year. The Shogun clan becomes disturbed by the case and believes the country's stability & peace is threatened by Naritsugu Matsudaira. Lord Doi then decides to assassinate Naritsugu Matsudaira and orders samurai Shinzaemon Shimada (Koji Yakusho) to carry out the deed.
Shinzaemon Shimada gathers eleven men, including a butcher ronin named Kuzuro Hirayama (Tsuyoshi Ihara) & Shinzaemon Shimada's own nephew Shinrokuro Shimada (Takayuki Yamada), who is a gambler, alcoholic and womanizer. As their plan progresses, Naritsugu Matsudaira's head samurai Hanbei Onigashira (Masachika Ichimura) hears of the assassinaton plan. Years ago, Hanbei Onigashira & Shinzaemon Shimada were fellow pupils of the sword, but ideological differences led them to part ways. Now, a mental battle between Hanbei Onigashira & Shinzaemon Shimada begins.
Shinzaemon Shimada believes the only way to assassinate Naritsugu Matsudaira is to ambush him in the town of Ochlai, while he is returning home from Edo. The assassins are dispatched to Ochlai to fortify the town and lay traps. During this time the assasins pick up a 13th member, a mountain man named Koyata Saga (Yusuke Iseya).
When the 13 assassins' plan is set to begin, they encounter many surprises, none of which is bigger than facing an army of more than 200 samurais ...
- Remake of the 1963 film "The Thirteen Assassins".
- Related titles:
- The Thirteen Assassins | Juusan-nin no shikaku (1963)
Additional Cast Members:
- 2010 (67th) Venice Film Festival - September 1-11 - Venezia 67 (Competition) *World Premiere
- 2010 (35th) Toronto International Film Festival - September 9-19 - Masters *North American Premiere
- 2010 (6th) Fantastic Fest - September 23-30
- 2010 (29th) Vancouver International Film Festival - Sept. 30-Oct. 15 - Dragons and Tigers
- 2010 (15th) Pusan International Film Festival - October 7-15 - A Window on Asian Cinema
- 2010 (43rd) Sitges Film Festival - October 7-14 - Official Fantàstic in compettition
- 2010 (54th) BFI London Film Festival - October 13-28 - Film on the Square
- 2010 (24th) AFI FEST - October 28-November 5, 2010
- 2011 (40th) International Film Festival Rotterdam - January 26-Feb. 6 - Spectrum
- 2011 (6th) Osaka Asian Film Festival - March 5-13, 2011 - Osaka Cinema Festival 2011
- 2011 (13th) Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema - April 6-17, 2011 - Panorama: Late Night
- 2011 (29th) Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival - April 7-19, 2011 - Official Selection
- 2011 (27th) Imagine: Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival - April 13-23, 2011
- 2011 (54th) San Francisco International Film Festival - April 21-May 5, 2011 - World Cinema
- 2011 (12th) Japan Filmfest Hamburg - May 25-29, 2011 - Osaka
- 2011 (9th) Reggio Emilia: Asian Film Festival - June 11-18, 2011 - Out of Competition
- 2011 (10th) New York Asian Film Festival - July 1-14, 2011 *New York Premiere
- 2011 (15th) Fantasia Film Festival - July 14-August 7, 2011 *Montreal Premiere/Director's Cut
- 2012 (36th) Hong Kong International Film Festival - March 21-April 5, 20112 - Gala Presentation
- 2012 (6th) JAPAN CUTS - July 12-28, 2012 - Focus on Koji Yakusho
- 2014 (14th) Marrakech International Film Festival - Dec. 5-13, 2014 - Tribute to Japanese Cinema
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