The reason so many films want to be 'The 7 Samurai' is because it's so special. This movie is certainly quite beautiful and has nice character pieces. It's a bit strange to so Miike so restrained. No magical realism here. It's probably why it did so well at the box office.
Esperaba mucho más, no se desarrollaron bien varios personajes, me imagino que al ser 13 complico en ese tema... tal vez 7 era el número correcto jejejeje lo mejor vendría a ser la batalla, la cual ocupa gran parte de la película en desmedro de mejorar la trama, un sacrificio que los amantes de las batallas lo agradecen, pero en mi caso prefiero una trama que me mantenga observando la pantalla por un par de horas.
Those that say Miike is playing it straight are ignoring his sinister, sly smile. Miike's work has always been about exaggeration, and here the stab is at bushido and patriarchy - which is why the sadism and melodrama, respectively, works. There is a lot to love, from the candlelit cinematography to Koji Yakusho, who completely carries the film, as he always does.
"Being a samurai is truly a burden. Do what you want with your life." So many reviews and nobody seems to get the point. This is meant to be the last samurai movie. Meaning: get over samurai movies and fall in love, do some good. Find and make beauty that does not carry a freight of violence with it. Elegance is unimportant, honor is unimportant. Life and everyday human experience is important. Another poor Our Take.
"Do you know the secret to fishing?" - Shinzaemon Shimada. A heinous villain, great sword work sans the stylized, gravity-defying feats that have come to dominate movie fights, and a valiant good guy contingent. However, it was hard to get oriented in the first third, and the fight, glorious as it was, was exhausting. Seven Samurai keeps the title, but 13 Assassins is a slick contender. 3.5
The language barrier hurt my viewing of the 1st half. It was difficult for me to get into the plot leading up to the battle. I wasn't sure of everyone's identity and motives taking away from the characterizations. The battle scenes are choreographed well. It should get repetitive but doesn't. And the psychology of the battles never feels preposterous as they should when you have hand to hand combat of 13 vs 200 men.
Samurai don't play. Swordplay on steroids, honor, and duty feature heavily in this film which is essentially the Dirty Dozen meets the code of the Samurai. Loyalty to the Shogun is explained merely so narrative makes sense leading up to the epic fight scene. The Ronin character is a scene stealer.