Friday, June 24, 2011

The Videovangaurd reviews Takashi Miike's "13 Assassins".

13 Assassins.

Cast: Koji Yakusho, Goro Inagaki

Writers: Kaneo Ikegami, Daisuke Tengan

Director: Takashi Miike

** and 1/2 *'s out of four.

                                     (U.S. Theatrical Poster)

A group of Samurais set off on a quest to assassinate Lord Nartisugu Matsudaira(Goro Inagaki) from continueing to rule their land. If they don't their whole world will be put into peril. This is not as easy as one might think, because there are rules that have to be followed within the Samurai code. The mob have to ambush him before he gets to his home turf and his rules become law.

Since this was about a group of men joining together to get a job done. I was surprised to find out that so little time was spent on each character. I understood why they had to kill this guy, but I lost interest halfway through because none of the characters were that interesting. The only character that was fun to watch was Kiga Koyta(Yusuke Iseya). Mainly because he gets to have the Han Solo role while the rest of them get stuck with the Mormon version of Luke Skywalker part.

(U.S. Trailer)

 I'm not going to try to lie and say I have seen other samurai movies because I haven't. The story alone did not inspire me to see this. I saw this based solely because it was from director Takashi Miike. With his level of violence in other movies("Audition", "Ichi the Killer").   I was expecting more of a bloodbath during the battles, but instead the more violent scenes took place in the beginning when the true evilness of Lord Nartisugu is explained.  The last forty minutes of battles are done well and Im glad Miike decided not to add a musical score so we can just admire the fight scenes by themselves.  But I really had a hard time at what sword fight I should be paying attention to.  Plus the lack of blood in my opinion really added to my dislike of this movie.  I'll admit it that I'm a gore hound and when you have a director who is known for that kind of thing make a movie where people are fighting with swords. I'm expecting to see some limbs get hacked off and just a little bit more blood.  There is no need to go overboard with the violence because its not important, but I wanted something that shows me what bad mutha fuckers these 13 assassins are.

Im am impressed that Mr. Miike continues to work in other genres and I will be looking forward to his next movie. 

(Q and A with Takashi Miike Part 1)

(Q and A with Takashi Miike Part 2. Thanks to Jamesleung0 for posting this)

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