Takashi Miike's Samurai Film Thirteen Assassins Gets a Trailer

May 31, 2010
Source: Quiet Earth

Thirteen Assassins Trailer

"The streets will run red." Oh hell yes - Takashi Miike is back! Another trailer (via Quiet Earth) I just had to feature was this one for Takashi Miike's new samurai film Thirteen Assassins - based on Eiichi Kudo's 1963 film of the same name. This looks totally badass, just wait until you get to the final fight scene montage at the end, there's some cool shit in there. I'll use their intro for the film: "From Asia's most controversial and popular director comes Miike's horror vision of a samurai tale." Unfortunately there aren't any English subtitles, but if you just want to see a badass samurai trailer, fire this up! And let us know what you think?

Watch the Japanese trailer for Takashi Miike's Thirteen Assassins:

Thirteen assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. Based on Eiichi Kudo's 1963 film.

Thirteen Assassins, or Jûsan-nin no shikaku, is both written and directed by legendary Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike, of films like New Third Gangster, Audition, Dead or Alive, Ichi the Killer, One Missed Call, 3 Extremes, Detective Story and God's Puzzle recently. The screenplay was co-written by Miike and Daisuke Tengan, another filmmaker who also wrote Miike's Audition and other films like Dr. Akagi, Waiting in the Dark and The Most Beautiful Night in the World. As far as we know, this doesn't have a US distributor yet, so we're not sure when it'll be making its way to the US. But we'll certainly keep you updated! Thoughts?

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  • M. Sri
    A chill ran up my back while watching the trailer. Looks good.
  • Xerxex
    so as a remake its ok?
  • barashin
    Fuck YES!!!
  • Zack
    Looks epic near the end but this is a very mellow Takashi Miike :-)
    wtf no subtitles ?????
  • ChazzyO
    Lol I love how they used Hans' score to The Last Samurai for this trailer. Looks pretty good, tho.
  • curtfrmcali
    to #1 same here dude! looks epic!
  • Jeffrey Lamar
    God I wish I was in this film.
  • Chris H.
    Looks awesome, but I'm a little bewildered that this is a Takashi Miike film. It looks very subdued for his style of film. I guess he wanted to try to expand outside of his realm a little. Don't get me wrong, there will definitely be bloodshed. But if you have seen any of Miike's other works, it doesn't look anything like what he's done before. That could be a good thing or a bad thing. We'll have to wait and see.
    seriously...what was so badass about that trailer? aside from using The Last Samurai theme song, there was nothing original in the trailer, nor was there anything cool about it.
  • fell asleep
  • Yea I agree with 10 and 11, I watched the trailer twice and figured there would at least be some crazy choreography and fight scenes, but it was pretty bland and definitely not "epic". I suppose I'm just not the audience they're looking for and I'm guessing the ones who liked the trailer are already Miike fans so they know more of what to expect; hence the chills. The trailer was quite boring though for someone who doesn't know much of his past work.
  • Lucas Moreira
    9# I agree, but if you see a lot of Miike movies you probably notice that many of them there nothing to do with others, like his new "God's Puzzle" (that is like a "talking-heads" kind of movie), and the children movies like "Zebraman" and "Yattaman", our with horror movies ("Audition", "Imprint") and so on... This, for me, is more like "Demon Pond", a filmed stage production that he mande in 2005.
  • DoomCanoe
    ill watch it
  • oot
    the problem of japanese movies are it very slooooooowwwww... japs people realy like to watch people talking and thinking..
  • Göran
    The music in the trailer was stolen from "the last samurai", if i don't mistaken me? this look cooler than that movie though:D No wannabe cruise in this one:P
  • chilin
    #10-12, yeah i agree with y' some point throughout, i was looking at the time to see when the trailer was gonna finish...
  • deep-sleep
    Oh my days... After watching that episode he directed for Masters of Horror I always hoped that he would get a chance to do a fully-fledged feudal Japan period piece, I don't feel that I will be disappointed! I agree with what some people have said about it looking subdued for a Miike film but I think it shows how he's such an excellent and flexible director. His other movies, such as Killer No. 1 and Audition, have established themselves with phenomenal cult status and 13 Assassins looks like a great entry into the mainstream market. I mean who wants a samurai film full of ridiculous OTT fight scenes and a nonsensical plot (well that would be great too but would probably call for different source material). This looks gritty and brutal with an element of (pseudo-?)historic adherence and could hopefully get into the ranks of similar period films directed by the legend Kurosawa!
  • mike m
    kick ass
  • Bill in Burlington
    YES!!!! I could watch these films all day!
  • Cracky
    Could be neat.
  • Antioch
    wow, thought that would be way better
  • Josh Taylor
    Looks nice, more historically correct. May make some want to pass, but leave them with Transformers 3.
  • Looks good. Wanna see it.




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