The year is 1844 in director Takashi Miike's samurai revenge flick 13 Assassins, and all is certainly not well in the islands of Japan. Years of peace and prosperity have left most samurai growing old, away from the battlefield and fighting boredom. There is, however, a new menace that threatens the livelihood of many Japanese. The adopted brother to the current Shogun and a powerful nobleman himself, Lord Naritsugu is the living, breathing embodiment of evil. Naritsugu (Goro Inagaki) comes and goes throughout Japan as he pleases, murdering, torturing, and raping whenever he wants, and gets away with it thanks to his brother's protection. No one dares to raise a finger against him, even as he brutally executes a mother and her children with a bow and arrow in the middle of his court. Naritsugu is untouchable, or so he thinks.
|Lord Naritsugu enjoys haikus, the occasional rape, and dismembering his subjects.|
|Shinzaemon - if his balls were any bigger, he'd have trouble walking.|
|It's about to get really violent, really soon.|
|The final showdown is one of the most epic battles ever put to film.|
Best scene: The amazing final battle - 13 samurai against hundreds of soldiers. Arrows. Swords. Explosions. Bodies everywhere. Rivers of blood. It is INSANE. Has to be seen to be believed.
Best line: "I will accomplish your task... with magnificence."
TL;DR - A violent, vicious, swordplay extravaganza. Thank you Japan - 9.5/10