Parents' Guide to

13 Assassins

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Incredibly violent samurai movie with epic battle scene.

Movie R 2011 126 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

It was alright, but the first half was pretty slow

I thought this movie was okay, the first half was just really slow, but the second half was a huge shot of adrenaline, the set piece battle was freakin awesome and one of the best battle scenes I've ever watched

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A remake of a 1963 movie, this is basically a Seven Samurai, Dirty Dozen-style "assemble the team" film that starts slowly, and keeps moving fairly slowly until the big 45-minute blowout battle. In the lead role, the fine actor Koji Yakusho isn't used to his maximum potential here; he usually has a kind of distant sadness that doesn't quite come across. Moreover, viewers that know director Takashi Miike's other work will find this movie a tad... ordinary.

But on the plus side, 13 Assassins is a terrific way for newcomers -- older teens only -- to be introduced to Miike's work, and to Japanese cinema in general. Moreover, Yusuke Iseya, who plays the gleefully scrappy hunter, brings a much-needed injection of life into the film's second act; his energy keeps things humming. And the battle scene itself should be studied by 95% of so-called action directors in America. Miike really shows how it's done. (Tsuyoshi Ihara from Letters from Iwo Jima also stars.)

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