Next Monday see's the release on DVD and Blu-Ray of Takashi Miike's epic 13 Assasins and i have been fortunate to see the Blu-Ray and it's amazing!
The story is losely based upon the classic Seven Sanmurai and is full of honour and the story told in the unique style that is the legend Takashi Miike, The story starts with a rogue ruler that is basically doing what he wants to who ever he wants tottally against the law of anyone including the Samurai, We see a girl horribly disfigured by him along his trail of rape,plillage and torture, this sets up the premise for the collaberation and coming together ofthe elite 13 Assassins in an effort to put a stop to the tyrants rule, the first half hour or so of the film is a slow burn story build up and coming together then when they are all teamed up the rest of the film is one HUGE battle and it is epice, we see the tyrant and his followers ride into what seems like a seemingly normal village but unknown to them this is where the 13 Assassins are lying in wait, as soon as they are through the gates the village are sealed off, no way out, let the battle begin! One of the 1st things you see is a heard of bulls set on fire and sent rampaging into the gang and this looks great, the battle continues as the baddies fall one by one and en mass, it is truly relentless, this is more of a normal kind of film for the often obsure filmaker Miike and it was great to see it in the cinema and the Blu-ray is truly stunning, so i would say wether your a fan of Miike or not this is a definate must have and i can easily see it being heraled as a classic in years to come, pure brilliance.
“TRIUMPHANT… PURE JOY!” (FIVE STARS) – TIME OUT.
Following a hugely successful UK theatrical release that saw it garnering a Five Star review in Time Out and Four Star reviews in Loaded, The Sun, the Daily Express, the Daily Mirror, the Daily Telegraph and Nuts magazine, 13 Assassins comes to DVD and Blu-ray this September riding a wave of critical acclaim hailing it as “one of the greatest samurai movies ever made… stunning” (Loaded), “one of the most memorable – and shocking – action films in an absolute age… brutal, bloody, brilliant” (Daily Mirror) and “an immediate action classic… magnificent” (Mail On Sunday).
13 Assassins sees director Takashi Miike, the man behind such uncompromising and unforgettable movies as “Audition” and “Ichi The Killer”, indelibly stamping his trademark style on the Samurai genre with an ultra-violent, all-action, blood-spattered epic.
One of the most prolific, wildly unpredictable and controversial directors in cinema, here Miike reinvents himself once more “in top, slash-tastic form” (Variety), throwing in several obvious nods to the works of Akira Kurosawa and enough grotesquery to satisfy his loyal legions of fans to produce a “breathtaking ballet of blades and bloodshed” (Bizarre) that culminates in “a virtuoso 45-minute bloodbath you won’t easily forget… a sustained frenzy of blistering choreographic skill that Hollywood won’t top all year” (Daily Telegraph).
Executive produced by Toshiaki Nakazawa (producer of ‘Departures’, the winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Film) and Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor; Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence), Miike’s remake of Eichi Kudo’s classic 1963 samurai period action-drama ‘Jusan-nin No Shikaku’ boasts a heavyweight cast featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary Japanese cinema, including Koji Yakusho (Babel; Memoirs Of A Geisha), Takayuki Yamada (252: Sign Of Life), Yusuke Iseya (Sukiyaki Western Django; Memories Of Matsuko; Casshern), Mikijiro Hira (Goemon) and Hiroki Matsukata (Tajomaru: Avenging Blade; Ichi).
Nominated for the prestigious Golden Lion award at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival, this year 13 Assassins was the winner of four Japanese Academy Awards (for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Lighting and Best Sound).
In mid-19th Century Japan the era of the samurai is beginning to fade as the feudal nation begins to enjoy a rare period of peace. But the fragile calm is soon threatened by the bloody rise of Lord Naritsugu, the Shogun’s sadistic, psychopathic younger brother, whose position places him above the law and free to rape, mutilate and murder on a whim. Concerned that Naritsugu’s actions will eventually destroy the Shogunate, top Shogun official Sir Doi covertly calls on esteemed and noble samurai warrior Shinzaemon Shimada to assassinate the evil Lord before it is too late. Shinzaemon willingly agrees and immediately gathers together an elite group of samurai to assist him in the task, knowing that what they are about to embark upon may well prove to be a suicide mission.
Following weeks of training and preparation, Shinzaemon and his men head off on a perilous journey through the mountains, hoping to ambush Lord Naritsugu and his entourage. However, on finally coming face to face with their target, the 13 samurai discover Naritsugu’s men hugely outnumber them. Disregarding the odds, the fearless assassins continue with their plan and initiate a bloody showdown that they cannot allow to end until Naritsugu lies dying.
13 Assassins (cert. 15) will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by Artificial Eye on 5th September 2011.
Also HMV are doing an awesome looking exclusive DVD and Blu-Ray release!!