Thirteen Assassins / 13-nin no Shikaku
                                            (2010)
Created on July 20, 2009
Updated on August 8,  2011
Cast
koji Yakusho: Shimada Shinzaemon
Takayuki Yamada
Kazuki Namioka  
Hiroki Matsukata
Tsuyoshi Ihara
Yusuke Iseya
Arata Furuta
Ikki Sawamura,
Sousuke Takaoka
Yuma Ishigaki
Masataka Kubota
Seiji Rokkaku
Koen Kondo
August 8, 2009
Thirteen Assassins was shown during the 2011 Montreal Fantasia International Film Festival
(July 14  - August 7).  Mr Rupert  Bottenberg's description about this film is quite interesting!:

Description
Unfurl the bloody scroll, for the moment has come ... "total massacre!" A family relation of both the current
and previous Shoguns, Lord Naritsugu effectively has a license to kill ? and to rape and mutilate too, as the
passing whim might strike the clearly psychopathic young aristocrat. There is no legal recourse for those he has
wronged, nor for the noblemen who see the menace in Naritsugu's political ascension. There is, however,
another option. It will be far less noble, and given Naritsugu's extensive entourage of warriors, very difficult.
But the outrages must be stopped. Assassination is the only choice. A dozen skilled and resolute samurai and
the crafty and wild-spirited peasant hunter who joins them for thrills are prepared to gamble their lives that
Naritsugu might be stripped of his own.

13 ASSASSINS joins the playful NINJA KIDS!!! (also at Fantasia this year) and the 3D effort HARA-KIRI:
DEATH OF A SAMURAI in a recent blitz of jidaigeki Japanese films revisiting the feudal era from the absurdly
productive and incisively revisionist genre-jumper Takashi Miike. The man's many pastiches of archetypal pop
cinema, from kiddie sci-fi fare to J-horror and gritty crime flicks, have always hit their mark, and the gripping,
potent 13 ASSASSINS is no exception. It's a classic tale of moral affront and carefully planned collective
vengeance in the tradition of SEVEN SAMURAI and the Japanese literary classic The 47 Ronin. Its vivid drama
cranks up the intensity until the epic final act, in which an entire village becomes an elaborate death trap and
killing floor and Miike, as Fantasia regulars well know, isn't shy about graphic violence!

Beyond the characteristically crafty and considered shocks Miike deploys, though, is the solidly wrought and
sympathetic tale of an intriguing array of characters, with a cast to match. Koji Yakusho (MEMOIRS OF A
GEISHA, CURE) is samurai veteran Shimada Shinzaemon, the band's leader. At his sides are his old friend
Kuranaga (Hiroki Matsukata, BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY) and his nephew Shimada
(frequent Miike star Takayuki Yamada, also in GANTZ and MILOCRORZE at the fest this year). Particularly
unsettling is Goro Inagaki turn as Naritsugu graceful, gentle even, almost childlike, yet extravagantly sadistic.
Don't miss this rare chance to see these talents and more worthily displayed in the full-length Japanese cut of
Takashi Miike's magnificent 13 ASSASSINS!


April 15
Twitch has put
the interview with Takashi Miike on " 13 Assassins".

April 7
Following
the American poster and trailer for "13 assassins" , the UK poster and trailer have been
publicized. This film is due to be released in the UK from May 6.

April 5
Koji Yakusho's official site has announced that "13 Assassins" will be shown at
the 2011 Dallas Film Festival
and that the film will start being shown in
some US cities from April 29.

March 2
The DVD (Region 2) for "13 Assassins" will be on sale from May 27, 2011.

January 6, 2011
Koji Yakusho was nominated at t
he 34th Japanese Academy for "Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a
Leading Role" in
Thirteen Assassins.

October 19 , 2010
"Thirteen Assassins" won the Grand Audience Award for
the 43rd Sitges Film Festival,  while also winning for
best art direction (Yuji Hayashida);
TokyoGraph

October13
Here's t
he report of Japanese Weekend Box Office, October 9th to October 10th. "Thirteen Assassins" ranked
4th in order.

1. Knight and Day (Fox)
2. Umizaru 3: The Last Message* (Toho)
3. Ohoku* (Shochiku/Asmik Ace)
4. 13 Assassins* (Toho)
5. From Me To You* (Toho)
6. Resident Evil: Afterlife (SPE)
7. Akunin (Villain)* (Toho)
8. Mobile Suit Gundam 00* (Shochiku)
9. The Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'hoole (Warner)
10. Elevator To The Gallows* (Shochiku)

* Japanese film

October 2
"Thirteen Assassins" will be shown during
the 15th Pusan International Film Festival.

September 11
Here's another good  
photo site for Koji Yakusho, Director Miike and Takayuki Yamada,at the Venice
International Film Festival.

September 10
"Thirteen Assassins" will be shown on October 23 and 24 during the 54th London Film Festival. (October 13-
28)

"Thirteen Assassins" was shown on September 9 at the Venice International Film Festival.  Yakusho-san (Koji
Yakusho) looked so happy, while standing on the red carpet together with Director Takashi Miike and actor
Takayuki Yamada before the showing. Click
here for the photos.

August 26
The "13 Assassins" will be shown during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival in the '
Masters section'.

August 25
The official website for "13 Assassins"  has
a report on the press conference and stage greeting session to
audience by main cast members and Director Takashi Miike, which was held at Tokyo Forum theater on August
17.

August 24
Here's the Venice Film Festival website for "13 Assssins".  The film will be shown at two theaters on September
9.

August 23
"13 Assassins" will be shown on September 9 at the 67th  Venice Film Festival.
August 24
Here's the Venice Film Festival
website for "13 Assassins".  The film will be shown at two theaters on
September 9.

August 23
"13 Assassins" will be shown on
September 9 at the 67th Venice Film Festiveal.

July 31
"Jusan-nin  no Shikaku /Thirteen Assassins" by Takashi Miike was selected in the competition section for
the
67th Venice Film Festival. The film's official site has announced that it will be shown on September 3 (Fri) .  
Director Miike and Koji Yakusho will attend the showing.

July 23
On August 17 the Japan premiere for "Thirteen Assassins" will be held at Tokyo International Forum. After the
showing of the film, Director Takashi Miike and some major cast members are due to give greetings from the
stage. (Source: Official site)

July 17
The new teaser trailer and the trailer for "13 Assassins" are now available on
the official website. Click
"Trailer" first.  And then click the left hand Chinese character for the new teaser trailer and the one on the
right for the main trailer. You will hear "Desperado" by Eagles at the end of each trailer.

July 3
Eiga.com and Cinemacafe.net have  just put stills gallery for this film on their websites  We can now see images
of ten scenes.

June 11
A teaser trailer for "Thirteen Assassins" is now available on the official site.

June 2,
The official website for "Thirteen Assassins" has just opened.
A video Clip for this film is now available.

February 15, 2010
Twitchflm.net reports that the promotion for Takashi Miike's "
Jusan-nin no Shikaku" has  started in the
Eurpopean Film Market in Berlin.

On August 19,
TOKYOGRAPH reported:

Veteran actor Masachika Ichimura (60) has been cast in Takashi Miike's remake of "Thirteen Assassins." This
is said to be his first true jidaigeki role.
In July, it was revealed that Koji Yakusho is starring as Shimada Shinzaemon, the leader of the thirteen killers
aiming to eliminate an evil feudal lord. Ichimura has now been announced as playing the part of the lord's loyal
retainer Onigashira Hanbei, who faces against the assassins to protect his master.
It has been reported elsewhere that Goro Inagaki has been cast as the targeted lord, but no official
announcement has confirmed that yet.
"Thirteen Assassins" is expected to open in 2010.

July 20, 2009
Some newspapers reported the shooting of "Thirteen Assassins" .  Here is one of the articles with a photo of the
'13 assassins' actors.

Twitchfilm.net has put 4 cast and on-set images.

TOKYOGRAPH has also reported the shooting of "Thirteen assassins.":

Takashi Miike's remake of "Thirteen Assassins" ("Juusan-nin no Shikaku") that was announced in May now
has its main cast revealed. The titular group of thirteen killers will be led by actor Koji Yakusho (53).

The original 1963 film was directed by Eiichi Kudo and starred Chiezo Kataoka as the assassins' leader
Shimada Shinzaemon. Yakusho will take over the role of Shinzaemon. The rest of the assassins are being played
by Hiroki Matsukata, Yusuke Iseya, Takayuki Yamada, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Arata Furuta, Ikki Sawamura, Sousuke
Takaoka, Yuma Ishigaki, Masataka Kubota, Seiji Rokkaku, Kazuki Namioka, and Koen Kondo.

Filming started on July 5 in Yamagata and is scheduled to continue until as late as September. The movie is set
to open in theaters next year.

JFILM POW-WOW has also put the info on Thirteen Assassins.

Beyond the characteristically crafty and considered shocks Miike deploys, though, is the solidly wrought and
sympathetic tale of an intriguing array of characters, with a cast to match. Koji Yakusho (MEMOIRS OF A
GEISHA, CURE) is samurai veteran Shimada Shinzaemon, the band’s leader. At his sides are his old friend
Kuranaga (Hiroki Matsukata, BATTLES WITHOUT HONOR AND HUMANITY) and his nephew Shimada
(frequent Miike star Takayuki Yamada, also in GANTZ and MILOCRORZE at the fest this year). Particularly
unsettling is Goro Inagaki’s turn as Naritsugu ? graceful, gentle even, almost childlike, yet extravagantly
sadistic. Don’t miss this rare chance to see these talents and more worthily displayed in the full-length Japanese
cut of Takashi Miike’s magnificent 13 ASSASSINS!
Release date:
September 25,2010

Runtime:141 min  | 126 min
(International version)
Flyer of "13 Assassins"
12 images of Koji Yakusho
at the Venice Film Festival

9 images of Koji at the
photocall session