13 ASSASSINS

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DOCUMENTATION

PHOTOS

Takashi Miike

2010 || Japan || Color || in Japanese || Feature

WORLD SALES

HanWay Films (London)

FESTIVALS / AWARDS

  • VENICE 2010 - Competition

SYNOPSIS

Esteemed samurai Shinzaemon Shimada is secretly commissioned to terminate the evil Lord Naritsugu after his bloody rise to power. Assembling an elite group of samurai, Shinzaemon plots to ambush the Lord on his annual journey home from Edo. The courageous samurai know it's a suicide mission because the Lord is closely protected by a deadly entourage led by Shinzaemon’s nemesis, the ruthless Hanbei. To capture Lord Naritsugu, Shinzaemon and his skilled samurai transform a mountain village into an intricate death trap. But when the Lord finally arrives, the assassins discover they are outnumbered fifteen to one. The day has come for our 13 fearless assassins to face death in a monumental battle of fiery explosions, showers of arrows and bloody showdowns of clashing swords... An epic samurai bloodbath from the director of AUDITION, ONE MISSED CALL and ICHI THE KILLER.

CAST

Koji Yakusho    as Shinzaemon Shimada,
Takayuki Yamada as Shinrokuro (Shinzaemon's Nephew),
Yusuke Iseya as Koyata (13th Assassin from the Forest),
Goro Inagaki    as Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira,
Masachika Ichimura as Hanbei Kitou (Naritsugu's Head Samurai),
Mikijiro Hira     as Sir Doi (Top Shogun Official)