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13 Assassins (2010) DVD

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13 Assassins (2010) Director:  Takashi Miike Writers:  Kaneo Ikegami (based on a screenplay by),Daisuke Tengan (screenplay) Stars:  Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya   A stirring, unexpectedly moving story of love and blood, the samurai movie “13 Assassins” opens with a dignified man seated alone in a large courtyard. Perfectly centered in the shot, he says nothing, his face a ferocious mask. But words are immaterial given his open shirt and the blade in his hand. The Japanese director Takashi Miike has no qualms about letting the red run down the screen. Here, though, instead of showing the blade sinking in, he moves in closer, letting the scene play out in the man’s crumbling face, the gray sky framing him as the moist, tearing sounds of the knife doing its terrible work fill the air. Set at the close of the Edo period, not long before the Meiji restoration, “13 Assassins” is at once a tale of revenge and liberation, though it takes a little while to grasp the stakes.    Here is the link to the film at the Internet Movie database: