Once the fight sequence began and the violence of the samurai commenced, what replaced anticipation was the consciousness that I was watching Odysseus slay the suitors in his hall, all over again. There is no honour on the battlefield but the only two who really seem to understand this are Lord Naritsugu and the mysterious, irreverent Kiga Koyata. Violence may not be everything in art, but because it is so captivating and, yes, beautiful, it can stand for everything—and once introduced, it must. Their crimes are arguably less serious: they have dishonored Odysseus’ home and taken much of his wealth, but they have not killed anyone and Penelope hasn’t been harmed. They have spent days turning an abandoned village into a death trap, crafting spiked barriers, piling dry straw on bulls and creating a small forest of spare swords in a nearby square. Except, of course, they’re different. 13 Assassins opens with a samurai, dressed in snow-white robes, kneeling before a castle gate and committing ritual suicide as a protest against the atrocities of Lord Naritsugu. He sees hundreds of men dying and believes they are acting out a great performance, that they are making something far more beautiful of themselves than they ever were as living human beings. First, a feudal lord tells him of the beheading of his son as well as the rape and eventual suicide of his son’s wife by Naritsugu. Yet what’s most effective about his scenes is that he is not simply a wanton murderer and torturer. The circumstances have been made just right. So many of the key rhythms are identical: the same implacable bad-assery on the part of the heroes, the same assured reveal of intentions to the condemned, the same announcement of arrows transitioning to the up-close finishing with swords, the same blood-soaked slaughter, the same methodical pursuit of all available targets. 13Assassins Total Massacre GIF SD GIF HD GIF MP4. Violence can never be this way, and no one should ever try to make it this way, yet there’s something to the artistic expression of force that can’t be matched. Among them are Shinzaemon’s nephew Shimada Shinrokuro (Takayuki Yamada), fellow veteran Kuranaga Saheita (Hiroki Matsukata), the master swordsman Tsuyoshi Ihara (Hirayama Kujuro) and the hunter-guide (also possibly a mischievous demon) Kiga Koyata (Yusuke Iseya). Cinema goes to this effort because violence is, after sex, the most eye-catching and compelling thing we can see on screen. Is he wrong, though? 13 Assassins maintains the torturous energy of this first scene before exploding into an orgy of violence in its third act. If a man has lived his life in vain, then how trivial his life is. It would be easy for characters to get lost in the shuffle but the costume design separates the assassins, in mostly dark colours, from Lord Naritsugu and his elite guard, in nearly all white, from the grunts they hire to bolster their numbers, in duller earthy colours. Share to Facebook. The words “TOTAL MASSACRE” may float in certain viewers minds. He’s wreaking horror in search of something that will interest him. It’s clear that Miike is channeling the fast-paced energy of Kurosawa’s greatest epics mixed with the gory pulp of the gnarliest samurai B movies. Beyond the scenes of the samurai working their way up to their attack, 13 Assassins has only one other major pre-fight priority: introducing their target, Lord Naritsugu (Goro Inogaki.) HeadStuff is all about putting buckets of interesting stuff in one place. The preparation for luring Lord Naritsugu towards the empty village of Ochiai involves redirecting Naritsugu’s massive entourage of samurai, buying out the village itself and then pressganging the villagers into turning their town into a narrow, booby trap filled maze.

So it's easy for you to find and enjoy high quality content from our wonderful contributors. Others, like Shinzaemon’s nephew, Shimada, are bored and ashamed with their lot as essentially warriors with no war to fight. Some of his best, most dedicated work goes into his samurai films. TV Shows. He is, appropriately, a complete bastard. And that sense of profound wrong, of discord in need of correction, is no less present from the first scene of 13 Assassins, where a man takes his own life in a grisly fashion solely to bring attention to Naritsugu’s evil. Meanwhile in a distant part of the village the master swordsman Hirayama Kujuro whirls like a dervish leaving swords plucked from the earth in between the ribs of his foes. Share to iMessage. We all spend so much of our time clicking through reams of content and sometimes not reading anything of interest at all. 13 figures step forward, dark shapes emerging against the early morning mist. Oh Hanbei. But Naritsugu is an aesthete, after all, and he’s reached an artistic conclusion. Good samurai characters are those like Yojimbo or Zatoichi who affect a disinterest in the plight of the common man before going to work with their heart of gold and sharp katana.
While it was somewhat of a spoiler, these things can have their benefits, and one is that you really can’t watch a movie called 13 Assassins with the words “45-minute fight sequence” in your head and not feel giddy the whole way through. And because this is the first time he’s observed violence carried out by others, who can blame him? Nowadays causes remain righteous but the victory is indeterminate. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming Soon Coming Soon Movie News India Movie Spotlight. ( Log Out /  The man’s face is a contorted mask of barely concealed pain. There is of course the opening seppuku ritual.