No one does bloodletting better than Takashi Miike, the man behind bloody stunners like “Audition” and “Ichi the Killer”, family fare like the “Zebraman” movies, and horror offerings like “One Missed Call”. The eclectic and prolific Japanese director’s latest film to reach Stateside theaters is the period Samurai action flick “13 Assassins”.
If you’re a fan of Miike and his brand of mayhem, or just insanely cool Samurai action in general, then you’ve probably already seen the film in various festivals around the country. If not, Magnet Releasing is putting the film out on April 29, 2011. I suspect limited release, which probably means you’ll be able to also catch this on VOD. Check out the U.S. trailer for the film below.
Cult director Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era in which 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.
The film stars a lot of people you’ve probably never heard of, but in case you’re into Japanese cinema, the cast includes Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya Koyata, Goro Inagaki, Masachika Ichimura, and Mikijiro Hira.