Wednesday, July 6, 2011

DVD Review: 13 ASSASSINS



This 13 Assassins DVD+Digital Copy  is hands down the best action film I’ve seen in a long while. It’s a Samurai revenge style flick set in old Japan from acclaimed director Takashi Miike who couldn’t have done any better telling this story.

The movie follows an aging samurai who begins to put together a band of assassins to revenge a young girls tragedy from an opposing power, a young lord who wants to  completely take over Japan.  What you see happen to this girl is gut cringing and heartbreaking! Each recruit is unique in many ways and some even have tributes of the older  “kung fu theater” style movies many of us grew up watching. As the group of 13 assembles the evil army of 100’s marches its way to a showdown like you’ve never seen before, I’m serious.

The  assassins (our good guys) set a trap in a “village”, traps that your couldn’t come up with in your wildest imagination. We have the best sword fights I’ve seen in a long time, running on rooftops wide ass open, bull on fire, YES! I said bulls on fire running through the streets running over the bad guys and anybody else that gets in their way. There’s a few special characters in the small group of assassins that I really enjoyed watching to see what they’d do next, one ends up being a very unlikely hero and never uses any kind of “real weapon”, watching these scenes was just so entertaining and will be for any  martial arts movie buff out there.  As the movie begins to wrap up its up to just a few left standing to take down this evil young lord who mocks anything and everyone who gets in his way, all the way to the ending.

The action and fight scenes is what makes this movie, yes you have to get through subtitles but that really doesn’t bother me. Kôji Yakusho. Takayuki Yamada and Yûsuke Iseya all put on a spectacular performance that hands down is some of the most original sights you’ll see for a long time coming. All of these people went way out and delivered a future classic. 13 Assassins is a film of epic proportions!

Bottom line is I highly recommend 13 Assassins to any action film fanatic or martial arts lover. This film has it all; story, great characters,  unbelievable action sequences and victory with great sacrifice! 4/5



Studio: Magnolia/Magnet Releasing

Run Time: 125 Minutes

Rated: R

 Special Features
  • Interview with Director Takashi Miike
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Digital Copy

Synopsis:

Cult director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era. 13 Assassins is centered around a group of elite samurai who are secretly enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord in order to prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war torn future.

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