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He's done gangster action, superhero adventures, Spaghetti Westerns, and even children's films. Now, prolific Japanese director Miike Takashi takes on his first period swordplay epic with 13 Assassins, the remake of the 1963 Kodo Eiichi film of the same name. The film reunites Miike with screenwriter Tengan Daisuke (director Imamura Shohei's son and a director in his own right) for the third time after Audition and Imprint, and the result is their most audience-friendly collaboration yet. Working with a bigger budget and a star-studded cast led by Yakusho Koji (Shall We Dance), Yamada Takayuki (Crows Zero), Iseya Yusuke (Sukiyaki Western Django), and Ichimura Masachika, Miike takes a straightforward approach to his remake, delivering entertaining swordplay thrills reminiscent of the genre's most beloved films. Miike even outdoes the original film's 30-minute action-packed climax (which held the record for the longest action climax in a film of the genre) with a rousing 45-minute finale that earned cheers from audiences all over the world and four grand prizes at the Japan Academy Awards.

In a time of peace, the shogun's sadistic brother Naritsugu (SMAP's Inagaki Goro) goes on a killing spree in the course of his rise to power. Riled by his lord's cruelty, Narigtsugu's head samurai Shinzaemon (Yakusho Koji) assembles a band of samurais to assassinate the lord on his trip home. Despite being outnumbered by Naritsugu's bodyguards - led by Hanbei (Ichimura Masachika), the band of heroic samurais have assembled an intricate plan that will lead to the greatest battle of their lives.

Note: This version contains the 141-minute Japan theatrical cut.

Korean Blu-ray includes making of, stage events, a report from the Venice Film Festival, and a parody short on a bonus DVD.

Note: This version does not include English subtitles

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Product Title: Thirteen Assassins (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (Extended Edition) (First Press Limited Edition) (Korea Version) 十三人刺客 (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (Extended Edition) (First Press Limited Edition) (韓國版) 十三人刺客 (Blu-ray) (2-Disc) (Extended Edition) (First Press Limited Edition) (韩国版) 十三人の刺客【通常版】 13인의 자객 (블루레이) (2디스크) (확장판) (초회한정판) (한국판)
Artist Name(s): Yakusho Koji | Inagaki Goro | Iseya Yusuke | Dirk J. A. Van Zyl 役所廣司 | 稻垣吾郎 | 伊勢谷友介 | Dirk J. A. Van Zyl 役所广司 | 稻垣吾郎 | 伊势谷友介 | Dirk J. A. Van Zyl 役所広司 | 稲垣吾郎 | 伊勢谷友介 | Dirk J. A. Van Zyl Yakusho Koji | Inagaki Goro | Iseya Yusuke | Dirk J. A. Van Zyl
Blu-ray Region Code: All Region What is it?
Release Date: 2011-10-03
Language: Japanese
Subtitles: Japanese, Korean
Place of Origin: Japan
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition, NTSC What is it?
Sound Information: DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): DVD
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Rating: III
Publisher: DS Media (KR)
Other Information: 2-Disc
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024945528

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13인의 자객 (블루레이) (2디스크) (확장판) (초회한정판) (한국판)

*Screen Format: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
*Sound Mix: DTS HD 5.1CH
Supplement (5분 )
ㅁ. 영상특전

Supplement (130분 )
ㅁ. <13인의 자겍>메이킹
ㅁ. 완성기념 시사회
ㅁ. 미공개 장면
ㅁ. 베니스영화제 리포터
ㅁ. 본예고
ㅁ. 특보
ㅁ. TV Spot

*Director: 미이케 다카시

▪ 사무라이 무비 종결판<13인의 자객> 숙명의 대결이 시작된다!!!
▪ 일본 영화 역사상 가장 화려한 캐스팅을 자랑!!!
▪ 1963년 개봉한 동명의 고전 걸작을 리메이크한 <13인의 자객>은 일본 사무라이 영화의 종결판이라 해도
과언이 아닐 것 이다.
▪ 미이케 다카시 감독의 연출뿐 아니라 직접 각본 작업까지 도맡아 완성한 <13인의 자객>은 일본 영화
역사상 가장 화려한 캐스팅을 자랑한다.
▪ 명실상부 일본을 대표하는 국민배우 야쿠쇼 코지를 필두로 야다마 다키유키, 이세야 유스케, 사와무라 잇키,
후루타 아라타 등 일본 최고의 연기파 배우들이 총출동 했으며, 일본의 국민그룹 스마프의 이나가키 고로와
관록의 연극배우 이치무라 마사치카의 명품 연기를 한자리에서 모두 만날 수 있는 절호의 기회를 선사한다.
▪ 특히, <13인의 자객>은 유수의 영화제 수상과 진출로 그 작품성을 앞서 인정 받는 수 작이다.
베니스영화제 경쟁부문 진출을 비롯해 요코하마영화제 작품상, 감독상, 각본상 수상, 일본 아카데미 촬영상, 미술상, 조명상 등 일본 각종 영화제를 휩쓴 <13인의 자객>은 그 어떤 사무라이 영화보다 높은 완성도를 자랑하며 영화 팬들 사이에서 이미 정평이나 있는 작품이다.

구도 에이이치의 동명의 작품(1963년 작)을 미이케 다카시가 초호화 캐스팅을 동원하여 리메이크한 사무라이 영화.
막부시대에 쇼군의 동생이자 포악한 영주인 나리츠구를 암살하기 위해 쇼군의 최측근인 도이의 요청으로 신자에몬을 중심으로 13인의 자객이 모인다. 그들은 나리츠구가 에도에서 돌아오는 길에 거사를 행하기로 한다. 그러나 나리츠구의 경호대장 한베이 역시 신자에몬의 계획을 눈치채고, 그에 대한 대비책을 세운다.
(2010년 15회 부산국제영화제)
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May 18, 2011

This professional review refers to 13 Assassins (2010) (Blu-ray) (Deluxe Edition) (Japan Version)
Prolific cult Japanese auteur Miike Takashi returns with perhaps his most ambitious work yet in 13 Assassins, a remake of the 1963 Kodo Eiichi classic Busan-nin No Shikaku Marking his first proper foray into the period samurai genre, though one of his more commercially friendly outings, the film is still very much recognisable as a Miike work, with a script by Tengan Daisuke, with whom he previously worked on Audition and Imprint. Certainly, it sees the director working with a far bigger budget than usual, not to mention an all star cast that includes Yakusho Koji (Shall We Dance), Yamada Takayuki (Crows Zero), Iseya Yusuke (Sukiyaki Western Django), Hira Mikijiro (Goemon), Matsukata Hiroki (Tajomaru: Avenging Blade) and Masachika Ichimura. Thanks in no small part to a thrilling 45 minute climatic battle scene, the film has been a big hit with festivals around the world, as well as winning over the critics, claiming four grand prizes at the Japan Academy Awards and being nominated for the Golden Lion at Venice.

Set in mid-19th century Japan during a time when war and strife had all but disappeared from the land, the plot begins with as the Shogun's evil brother Naritsugu (Inagaki Goro) launches a campaign of cruelty against the populace, torturing and tormenting his subjects as he rises to power. Such is his wickedness that his own head samurai Shinzaemon (Yakusho Koji) makes the tough decision to turn against his lord, bringing together in secret a disparate gang of samurai to assassinate him during a tour of the country. Facing off against him is Hanbei (Masachika Ichimura), his former comrade in arms and now Naritsugu's chief bodyguard. Knowing that he is leading his men on a suicide mission, Shinzaemon plans an ambush in a remote village, hoping to overcome the hopeless odds through cunning strategy.

What might be surprising for anyone familiar with Miike Takashi's back catalogue is how well 13 Assassins is handled as a remake, treating the source material with obvious respect, and taking a straightforward approach rather than trying to appeal to his usual cult audience. At the same time, this is quite unmistakably a Miike film, with moments of shocking cruelty, grotesque perversion and even surrealism, all of which are balanced skilfully with the more serious themes of duty, brotherhood, and of course, sacrifice. As well as the original, the film does at times have the distinct feel of a Kurosawa epic, frequently recalling Seven Samurai and showing the same kind of humanity that the great director was known for. The film is a gripping and surprisingly emotional experience as a result, and though inevitably some of the 13 warriors get short shift as characters, the narrative is held together by a real sense of camaraderie that pervades through to the end. Miike handles this and other aspects of the story with consummate skill and subtlety, and the film is never heavy handed or even particularly melodramatic. Amongst its blood and thunder the film has a real sense of warmth, and is all the better for its moments of earthy humour and comic relief, with Tengan Daisuke's script making the film every bit as effective in its quiet moments as in its blood and thunder.

One of the main reasons why the film works so well is that Miike also approaches the film with a pleasing sense of economy not often seen in the genre, wasting very little time and with the events of the story seeming to be crammed into a short period of time. This works very much in its favour, generating a sense of urgency, without trying to manipulate the viewer or trying to pretend that the final battle will leave many survivors. In this respect, the film benefits from its simple but compelling three act structure, which sets up the characters, follows them on their travels to the ambush village, then sits back and allows all hell to break loose. This serves perfectly, and the film moves along at a cracking pace, its two hour running time passing all too quickly.

Special mention does have to go to the amazing action scenes, and the film is violent and brutal throughout, with flashbacks detailing the awful acts of the sadistic Naritsugu. The final battle scene is worth every word of hype, and it surely stands as one of the most awesome and epic set pieces of sword play cinema in recent memory, as bodies fall, limbs are cleaved and head roll with relentless speed. The choreography is superb, making for breathlessly exciting viewing, and for once making good use of CGI gore. It's hard to imagine anyone topping this sequence, and it ranks amongst the best and most memorable of Miike's career to date - high praise indeed.

The same can be said of the film as a whole, and 13 Assassins is a modern classic of the samurai form, sitting quite comfortably amongst the Kurosawa classics. The film again shows that Miike Takashi is indeed a master film maker as well as an enfant terrible or cinematic shock jock, and that he is one of the very few directors truly comfortable and capable of working in any and every genre.

by James Mudge -

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