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Thirteen Assassins (Jūsannin no shikaku,十三人の刺客)

Thirteen Assassins (Jūsannin no shikaku,十三人の刺客)

[Directed by]
MIIKE Takashi
[Produced by]
* NAKAZAWA Toshiaki
* Jeremy THOMAS
* HIRAJO Takashi
[Cast]
* YAKUSHO Koji SHIMADA Shinzaemon
* YAMADA Takayuki SHIMADA Shinrokuro
* ICHIMURA Masachika KITO Hanbei
[Staff]
* Original Story: IKEMIYA Shoichiro
* Screenplay: TENGAN Daisuke
* Music: ENDO Koji
* Cinematography: KITA Nobuyasu
* Production Design: HAYASHIDA Yuji
[Production Company]
“Thirteen Assassins” Film Partners
[Distributor (Japan)]
TOHO

Release Date: September,25,2010
Running Time: 141 min
Genre: Action/Adventure, Drama, Historical, Feature
Color: Color
Screening Format: 35 mm
Screen Size: CinemaScope (1: 2.35)
Sound Processing: Dolby Digital
[Story]
A modern remake of Kudo Eiichi’s 1963 period movie of the same title. In his trademark over-the-top-style, Miike Takashi delivers relentless violence, as the thirteen samurais take on an army of 300 in the last battle scene which runs for a whopping fifty minutes. The film was selected in a competition at the Venice International Film Festival. Shimada Shinzaemon (Yakusho Koji) ord orders to assassinate a tyrant lord, so he summons assassin samurai to plan an ambush attack. But the famous swordsman Kito Hanbei (Ichimura Masachika), the tyrant’s right-hand man, soon hears of the plan …

[Official Site]
http://13assassins.jp/
[Film Festivals, Awards]
Venice International Film Festival 2010 Official Selection

I must confess that. when the film premiered in Venice, I was greatly impressed by the appreciative words spent by Lietta Tornabuoni of “La Stampa” which, although with some caution, showed that he appreciated the work of Miike. Something from the time Audition and Ichi the Killer had happened. And it happened. It is not Lietta – excuse the confidence – to be changed, rather it is the Miike film that, increasingly, is abandoning its inventive low-cost production – which allowed him to express freely his filmic genius – to become courted a blockbuster director, I became what many of his later films – Thirteen Assassins has, since its release, at the top of the Japanese Box Office. Apart from a couple of brutal images, a body brutally mutilated, a sodomy scene that would be comic, a villain who has the evil it does to others and suffers himself (in that perfect S & M dialectic, very dear to the director) all factors particular to the work of Miike, there is almost more than it is the director’s film we knew. Especially lacking are the audiovisual explosions, those ingenious inventions of pure cinema, that we had made love. Paradoxically I think Thirteen Assassins a good movie, although not as much as was the original Kudo Eichi, well told, well shot, a good example of modern classicism – Miike knows filmmaking – but for this reason I have been a bit ‘ disappointed (only “slightly ” because the last Miike’s films were already in this directMonogatari the few exceptions Tantei monogatari 2007, if you lost trying to recover). The very idea of engaging in the remake of an unknown masterpiece, at least in the West (the Kudo film), elements from another classic universally known and celebrated ( Seven Samurai by Kurosawa, with the inclusion, for example, a character which takes up to Kikuchiyo / Mifune), it is the sign of a transformation that goes looking for the easiest and domesticated acclaim. This, finally, that the more I still enjoyed the film is the use of a light digging the faces of the characters and loads of expressiveness, making it even examples of those “wounded souls” who always were the outsiders of Miike (something like that it survived). [Genji – 15th Pusan Film Festival in October 2010].
[Katsuyuki Nakanishi]

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Katsuyuki Nakanishi
Born on 1984 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. Graduated in Vantan Film and Movie Institute major in film director. The fourth graduate of JSC Cinematographers assistant upbringing cramming school. While he was studying in Tokyo, he was also working with Director Shinya Tsukamoto's movie at the same time. After that, he became part of the lighting department of Toei Studios Kyoto, studied under Kiyoto Ando and Takashi Sugimoto. In these movies, he worked as an assistant lighting director with Takashi Sugimoto in "Chacha - Tengai no Onna"(2007) and Kiyoto Ando in "The Fallen Angel"(2010). He work as a freelancer since 2011 and became part of these latest movies as a lighting director of Director Yang Ik-June's ”Shibata and Nagao"(2012), Director Keisuke Yoshida’s ”Himeanile”(2016), Director Kohki Yoshida’s ”ThreeLights"(2017), Director Hiroshi Ando’s ”Moon and Thunder" (2017) and Director Shinya Tsukamoto’s ”Killing” (2018).

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