13 Assassins

September 25th, 2010


13 Assassins

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A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.7/10 (16,434 voted)

Critic's Score: 87/100

Director: Takashi Miike

Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Writers: Kaneo Ikegami, Daisuke Tengan

Kôji Yakusho - Shinzaemon Shimada
Takayuki Yamada - Shinrouko
Yûsuke Iseya - Koyata
Gorô Inagaki - Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira
Masachika Ichimura - Hanbei Kitou
Mikijiro Hira - Sir Doi
Hiroki Matsukata - Kuranaga
Ikki Sawamura - Mitsuhashi
Arata Furuta - Sahara
Tsuyoshi Ihara - Hirayama
Masataka Kubota - Ogura
Sôsuke Takaoka - Hioki
Seiji Rokkaku - Otake
Yûma Ishigaki - Higuchi
Kôen Kondô - Horii


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 25 September 2010

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $45,854 (USA) (1 May 2011) (4 Screens)

Gross: $802,524 (USA) (21 August 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (International version)

Factual errors: At the very beginning of the film the Akashi Clan house elder Zusho Mumiya commits seppuku. This 'cutting of the belly' leads to severe internal (and external) hemorrhage and hypovolemic shock. In the scene, the straining actor's neck (jugular) veins are prominent and distended suggesting good circulating blood volumes, inconsistent with hypovolemia.

Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira: Ruling is convenient, but only for rulers. The people must live to serve.

User Review

Thundering Shogun!

Rating: 9/10

This film was a dark-edged delight from beginning to end when I saw it at the 2010 edition of TIFF. The audience there loved it too, breaking out into spontaneous applause during several scenes.

Solid direction by Miike, great characters, beautifully shot and simply some of the best and most intense action sequences put on film - ever! It does have it's obvious influences, such as Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai", but damn, this one kicks ass mightily! You've never seen Shogun like this! And something else to point out: the sound on this film was thundering, shaking and stellar! THIS is the kind of film that reminds us why we go to a movie theatre to enjoy a film on a big screen, why we turn off our cell phones and immerse ourselves in the experience of cinema-going, as opposed to staying home on our couches.

I'll go see it again on the big screen when it hopefully returns to town - you can bet on that!


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