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13:58 - 19th March 2013, by NEO Staff

13 Assassins

After yakuza movies, superhero adventures and stomach-churning horror, prolific director Takashi Miike turns his attention to the chanbara genre with 13 Assassins. Based on a film from 1964 by Eiichi Kudo, the story is set in 1844. Lord Naritsugu is the brother-in-law of the Shogun and thus one of the most influential men in the country. He's also a cold-blooded psycho who uses women and children as targets for his archery practice.

Naritsugu's sadistic excesses pose a threat to the stability of the government, so Lord Doi asks a samurai called Shinzaemon to eliminate Naritsugu. Shinzaemson recruits a squad of swordsmen and they set out to ambush Naritsugu and his entourage as they travel home from Edo.

13 Assassins ranks amongst Miike's best movies. After a tense opening in which plots and counter-plots are hatched, the movie erupts into bloody mayhem when the ambush is sprung. The brilliant action scenes will thrill even the most jaded chanbara fan with their sheer intensity. Artificial Eye has released the movie on Blu-ray and DVD, and both versions are available now.

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