If you've seen any of Takeshi Miike's 80 plus movies (AUDITION, DEAD OR ALIVE, ICHI THE KILLER, VISITOR Q, SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO, etc. etc. etc.) you know that he's a very talented director, with an artist's sense of how to deliver screen violence. At his very best, he has the flair of Peckinpah, Kurosawa and Leone. And, thankfully, 13 ASSASSINS shows him at what many are saying is his best yet. Don't believe us, listen to some of the toughest critics around:
Manohla Dargis of the New York Times calls 13 ASSASSINS a "stirring, unexpectedly moving story of love and blood...". Andrew O'Hehir of Salon calls it "visually spectacular" and "pretty nearly the samurai classic it sets out to become." Lee Marshall of Screen International praises the " magnificent 45-minute showdown that has to be the best final battle sequence in cinema since, oh, Kill Bill at least." Marc Savlov of the Austin Chronicle says, "Miike's old bloodlust and astonishing flair for hypercreative ultraviolence is on full, gloriously gory display" and indeed it is.
13 ASSASSINS opens this weekend at the Alamo Ritz.