The Ronin Attacks In 13 ASSASSINS1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
One of the finest films in the Japanese cult auteur’s extensive career, 13 Assassins is a classically styled samurai drama that builds to an epically scaled showdown. Here’s part of how the Toronto International Film Festival described the film:
The year is 1844. A young lord rapes and kills with impunity by virtue of his political connections.
Though the era of the samurai is fading, an honest government official covertly enlists thirteen swordsmen to assassinate this sadistic lord before he can seize more power. With the clock ticking, the assassins lay a deadly trap for the lord and his army of bodyguards, culminating in one of the bloodiest, muddiest swordfights ever put to film.