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Trailer Watch: Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins

Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) is on a bit of a samurai kick lately. His Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai came out earlier this year in Japan, but in the States, his previous foray in to the genre, the big-budget 13 Assassins, is only just hitting theaters.

The film centers around “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 wartorn future,” and its 45-minute climactic battle has been hailed as “inventive and ingenious” and “just plain mind-blowing.”

13 Assassins is playing in limited release now — and in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre. I’m planning on going to the 2pm showing on Friday. Anyone interested in joining me?

2 Responses to “Trailer Watch: Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins”

  1. Chris Ward says:

    Saw this last week – so far it’s the best movie I’ve seen in 2011.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Just a quick heads-up – if this isn’t playing at a theater near you, check your cable system’s video-on-demand. Comcast carries this flick in the Chicago area (for $6.99 in SD; $7.99 in HD), it’s probably available on other systems as well.