Magnet Acquires 13 Assassins


The folks over at Magnet Releasing have been busy little beavers lately, having recently acquired the rights to a load of interesting titles. Their queue of upcoming films includes the comically renamed “Chawz”, the latest Korean all-star serial killer joint “I Saw the Devil”, and “Ong Bak 3”, which everyone hopes will be better than “Ong Bak 2”.

That’s a solid list. And now they’ve added Takeshi Miike’s samurai remake “13 Assassins” to their roster. The film premiered earlier this year in Venice, and also played at Fantastic Fest and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Based on the 1963 film of the same name, “Assassins,” set in Japan in 1844, centers on a samurai (played by Koji Yakusho) who brings together a baker’s dozen of killers to assassinate the shogun’s brother.

Magnet, the genre offshoot of Magnolia Pictures, will unleash “13 Assassins” in the US in early 2011. There is no word about the scope and scale of the release, but given Maget’s MO, it will likely be a limited theatrical run followed closely by the DVD and Blu-ray.

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • Dedpool aka Jiinx

    But Brent “ong Bak 2″ wasn’t that bad, (completely different from the first, but just plain fun) and I’ve heard the 3rd was absolute crap.

    • Brent

      I just didn’t like “Ong Bak 2″. My problem wasn’t with the action, the fights are as good as you would expect, but the story let me down. I know that sounds counterintuitive with a movie like this, and I usually don’t need much story. “Ong Bak” had an incredibly simple story, but it was still awesome. “Ong Bak 2″ felt like they tried to have too much story. There are so many threads going on (is it a revenge story, a tale of redemption, wil he reconnect with his lost love) that nothing really happens. THe first film had a lot of power and drive behind the story, the second one just sort of meandered about from fight to fight and didn’t really go anywhere, there wasn’t as much at stake for the protagonist.
      Maybe I expected too much out of it (reading what I just wrote it certainly seems that way), but “Ong Bak 2″ left me wanting so much more. I’ve watched it a couple times and reacted the same way on each viewing.
      I have also heard nothing but bad things about 3.

      • Dedpool aka Jiinx

        I guess they tried too hard. But i’ve heard that not even the fights can save part 3.

      • Dedpool aka Jiinx

        I guess they tried too hard. But i’ve heard that not even the fights can save part 3.