It’s been garnering rapturous reviews at festivals all around the world (Venice, Toronto, Fantastic Fest, et al.) and now it’s available for your own rapturous reviews at home. This is an excited fan’s heads up that “13 Assassins,” Takashi Miike’s longform tribute to “Seven Samurai” and the history of chanbara cinema, can now be viewed via Video On Demand. (if you want to see it on the big screen, you’ll have to wait until April 29). The official synopsis from distributor Magnet Releasing calls it “a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.”
Oh, Takashi Miike. You had me at unemployed samurai.
I missed “13 Assassins” in all its festival appearances, but have been dying to see it. It hit VOD last Friday, but I’ve been too busy to watch it yet, and thus have had to endure an entire Twitter weekend (Tweekend?) of hyperbolic praise, taunting me, mocking me. Basically my goal now is to finish the rest of my work for the day as quickly as possible so I can get to the bravado. And on that note, here’s the trailer from the folks at Magnet Releasing: