Thursday, August 01, 2013

Film: 13 Assassins

13 Assassins is an extremely well made and well acted mainstream samurai action film in which a group of determined samurai warriors are tasked with a mission to do away with a barbaric, psychotic stepbrother to the Shogun.

I found the first half of the movie to be particularly good (although several scenes are difficult to stomach), but thereafter it didn't quite live up to expectations simply because it was so similar to Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai. It even included a village idiot character who was strongly reminiscent of the comic character played by Toshiro Mifune in Seven Samurai.

*** 1/2 (I would have given it either four or four and a half stars had I not seen Seven Samurai)

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