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For those of you who thought Japanese director and full-blown cult sensation Takashi Miike had resigned himself to helming family-friendly fodder for the rest of his days, think again. The kind souls at 24 Frames per Second have graciously posted the first trailer for Miike’s remake of Eiichi Kudo’s “Thirteen Assassins”, and while I can’t understand a single word of it, the tone suggests something a lot darker and more mature than the stuff we’ve encountered as of late, “Crows Zero” and “Detective Story” notwithstanding. It reminds me of the work he was doing in the early 90’s, particularly the bleaker, more restrained endeavors during his years in the yakuza genre. Sometimes its good to get back to basics.
A plot synopsis should help shed some like on things:
3, an unlucky number for one. In the era of the Shogun, an evil young lord rapes and kills, assured of immunity by law. But he didn’t count on the Thirteen Assassins. A feared secret force, each with their own deadly skill, the Assassins undertake a suicide mission to wipe out the Lord. As he embarks on a perilous journey, the Assassins close off his escape route and ambush him in a village of death. But little do they know, they are outnumbered four to one by the Lords crack team of bodyguards. The streets will run red.
If you need more information about this potentially awesome production, check out the official website. However, a working knowledge of the Japanese language is required. Otherwise, the aforementioned trailer has been lovingly embedded below.