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Sunday, June 26, 2011

13 Assassins: Historical, Fierce, Cultural, Humanly Action-FIlled

Is it action film? I think yes, but not like our contemporary fun-action films. 13 Assassins made me look away from the screen so many times, especially when it was time to cut necks or any body parts. 13 Assassins is so fierce but retain the cultural aspect of the setting. 13 Assassins looks so truthful, the muddy fighting field, the warriors and samurais fighting together soaked in blood and mud and soot and dirt, the speed of the fighting... all of these are so humanly, not like the edited action or super-hero films. This film, 13 Assassins, just gets you in the heart... it was difficult to breath all through out the film!

samurai [ˈsæmʊˌraɪ ˈsæmjʊ-];n pl -rai
(Historical Terms) the Japanese warrior caste that provided the administrative and fighting aristocracy from the 11th to the 19th centuries.

ronin [ˈrəʊnɪn]; n Japanese history
(Historical Terms) (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a lordless samurai, especially one whose feudal lord had been deprived of his territory

Here is the video of the film's trailer with a little feature comment in it. The full trailer is further below (without comments/featured review).

The film's website own description of the film:

"Cult director Takeshi Miike delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future."
And the Assassins are (listed with last names first):
1. SHIMADA Shinzaemon (Kōji Yakusho) – The leader of the group. A war weary, former decorated Shogun's Samurai who is hired to carry out the mission.
2. KURANAGA Saheita (Hiroki Matsukata) – Second in command to Shinzaemon. Another veteran samurai, who volunteers his best students to join the group.
3. SHIMADA Shinrokurō (Takayuki Yamada) – Nephew to Shinzaemon. A samurai who has strayed from the ways, a gambler and a womanizer. He joins the mission to redeem himself.
4. ISHIDUKA Rihei (Kazuki Namioka) – A skilled and courageous assassin.
5. HIRAYAMA Kujūrō (Tsuyoshi Ihara) – A fierce ronin, training under Shinzaemon. A samurai of unmatched skill and prowess.
6. MITSUHASHI Gunjirō (Ikki Sawamura) – Another samurai from Kuranaga's dojo, he is instructed to buy out the Mayor of the town, and start preparations for fortifying the town.
7. ŌTAKE Mosuke (Seiji Rokkaku) – Plump-faced samurai with a jovial demeanor who provides occasional comic relief.
8. HIOKI Yasokichi (Sōsuke Takaoka) – An assassin from Kuranaga's dojo, highly skilled.
9. HIGUCHI Gennai (Yūma Ishigaki) – Horii's demolition partner, a tough and skilled samurai.
10. HORII Yahachi (Kōen Kondō) – A skilled samurai from Kuranaga's dojo, he and Higuchi are skilled in the use of explosives.
11. SAHARA Heizō (Arata Furuta) – An elder ronin, battle scarred and hardened. He favors the spear to the sword.
12. OGURA Shōujirō (Masataka Kubota (ROM-4)) – A young samurai, untested in battle but with unwavering devotion and skills to match.
13. KIGA Koyata (Yūsuke Iseya) – A hunter claiming to be of direct Samurai lineage who is found suspended in a cage in the forest as a punishment for pursuing his boss's wife. Aids the assassins in finding a route to Ochiai as well as in combating the enemy samurai.

In 13 Assassins, we see honor, courage and responsibility. It's amazing to see that death for samurai is very normal, so long as it is honorable, for them it is a beautiful thing! Or not even for samurai alone but also for other people during the Shogun era. Where else can we find this type of courage and dignity?

Here is the Trailer of 13 Assassins for non-Japanese (English) viewers:

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a good movie. If you like this style you should certainly watch the "seven samoerai" and the "Last samoerai". Greetings, Filip


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