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13 Assassins film trailer

13 Assassins poster

TAKASHI Miike, the director responsible for such uncompromising and unforgettable movies as Audition and Ichi The Killer stamps his trademark style on the Samurai genre with the all-action, blood-spattered epic, 13 Assassins.

Set at the end of Japan’s feudal era as a sadistic lord threatens to plunge the peaceful country into a wartorn future. Lord Naritsugu is above the law because he is the Shogun’s brother and he rapes and kills on a whim. A top Shogun official, Sir Doi, secretly calls on the samurai Shinzaemon Shimadad to assassinate the evil Naritsugu.

It’s a dangerous and probably suicidal mission but he accepts and recruits an elite band of samurai to assist him. They plot an ambush on the Lord’s annual journey home from Edo and take over a small village to turn it into a trap. When Lord Naritsugu arrives the 13 samurai discover they are outnumbered 15 to 1 and a bloody battle ensues.

Watch the trailer below:




UK release: 6 May 2011

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