I love Westerns. I love samurai movies. I love how similar they are. As great as some of the old school samurai films are, this one definitely takes its place as one of the all time best. None of the navel gazing of the somewhat recent samurai film, Twilight Samurai. No, no. This one is all fun, all fighting, all craziness, all the time. But what else would you expect from Takashi Miike?
The plot doesn't matter too much. It was based on a true story. It features (you guessed it) thirteen assassins. It's about a sadistic, ruthless leader and the folks that aim to stop him. It's got incredible fight scenes. But yet, it wasn't nearly as bloody as I was expecting from Miike. I loved that we get to know each of the thirteen assassins a little as the movie goes along. They each have their own little quirks and calling cards.
And did I mention the flaming boars? FLAMING BOARS!!!!
Oh - and for the record - I really liked Twilight Samurai as well.
Check out the trailer to get a glimpse of the fun that awaits you if you see this film.
Directed by Takashi Miike