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Intrigue among blood
THE BIG SCREEN
Yusuke Iseya and Takayuki Yamada in 13 Assassins.
In the history of cinema there
have been many evil human
villains. Hannibal Lecter
(Silence of the Lambs), Norman
Bates (Psycho), Darth Vader
(really, you don’t know which
movie?), Michael Myers (Hal-
loween), Carter Burke (Aliens)
and Commodus (Gladiator) are
just a few.
These villains showed a disre-
gard for human life in favour of
their own lust, vices, psychoses,
and corporate greed.
In 13 Assassins, we meet
another villain, Lord Naritsugu
(Goro Inagaki), who deserves a
place in the parade of villainy
for his callous attitude to life,
suffering and the plight of
Of course, as a Lord and
brother of the ruling Shogun in
feudal Japan, Naritsugu
believes it is his right to treat
property, that is, the people who
serve and take care of his every
need, as inconsequential things.
They are no different to his
animals or the chair on which he
sits. They serve a function. That’s
If they displease him, he kills
them and then kills their entire
family. He believes if he doesn’t
do this then these people will
disrespect him and forget their
place in the order of life.
We see many examples of his
abject villainy, including one
scene in which he shoots arrows
into a child’s family as the child
watches and then executes the
Then the bloodletting hap-
pens. Don’t think this is the worst
of the actions that will unfold
before your eyes.
From the opening scene, we
are confronted with a warrior’s
code of honour and the grisly
ritual that must be followed for a
warrior to maintain his honour
and the code of the samurai.
The bloody ritual is not shown
directly but the suggestion itself
is enough to send us to our
The essence of the story, set in
feudal Japan in the 1800s when
Japan was dominated by
powerful regional clans and
warlords, is that Sir Doi, advisor to
the ruling Shogun of the Akashi
clan, devises a plan to assassin-
ate Lord Naritsugu.
Naritsugu is determined to
return Japan to a period when
war raged across the country. Sir
Doi engages a powerful sam-
urai, Shinzaemon Shimada (Koji
Yakusho) to plan and execute
Naritsugu to prevent Japan re-
turning to the rule of blood.
The goal is more difficult to
achieve than it might appear. As
long as Naritsugu is on Akashi
land, he cannot be touched.
That is an unspoken agreement.
The other factor is that Naritsugu
is protected by hundreds of
Therefore, Shinzaemon plans
to kill Naritsugu when he is
Shinzaemon enlists 13 assas-
sins to setup a confrontation with
Naritsugu and his band of
protectors in a small village. He
plans to turn the town into a town
of blood and he is true to his
Earlier scenes of Naritsugu’s
brutal disregard of human life
are the appetisers for the full-on
slaughter depicted in the battle
scene. Heads will roll, literally.
Naritsugu is a tyrant who
speaks and acts bravely when
he has the protection of dozens
of samurai warriors who will
defend him against any foes.
When it comes to the reality of
pain and death, he feels pain
like, if not more intensely, any
other man. He feels the pain and
suffering in his own body that he
inflicted on others without a
The final battle rages for ages
and then the coda presents itself
as a man-on-man duel between
Shinzaemon and Naritsugu.
13 Assassins has its heritage in
Japanese films like The Seven
Samurai, which was remade in
Hollywood as The Magnificent
Seven, Yojimbo and Ran. Clint
Eastwood’s Man with No Name
is a spin off of the wandering
Ronin, basically a samurai with-
out a master, like Kikuchiyo from
The Seven Samurai.
However, 13 Assassins adds
enough of its own inventiveness
and modern production values
to make it stand firmly on its own
legs, at least until a combatant
with a razor sharp sword slices
those legs from under any num-
ber of warriors.
13 Assassins is a film full of fury
and blood, intrigue and schem-
13 Assassins, (Japanese
language with English subtitles)
rated MA 15+, screens at Dendy
FOR WEEK BEGINNING
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
© Alison Moroney, 2011
© Alison Moroney, 2011
The hustle and bustle of daily life fills every waking moment during
September 20, 21, making for fun times. You’ll be connecting with
people on a personal level.
September 20, 21 is an interesting time for a number of reasons:
there’s plenty to do, you’ll be busy spending money and will find
novelty in earning it too.
Gemini is really caught up in each and every moment during
September 20, 21, enjoying otherwise routine conversations and the
vibrancy of daily life.
September 20, 21 gives you the opportunity to catch up on those
things you usually don’t make time for, whether it’s reading a good
book or reflecting on life.
There’s plenty happening in your social circle during September 20,
21, giving you the chance to get out and kick up your heels. The
visualisation of goals comes more easily too.
September 20, 21 is a changeable time producing interesting events
and communications involving career and employers. Hopes are
inspired by events then.
Librans are exposed to a variety of interesting ideas during
September 20, 21, perhaps providing you with a different perspective
on life. These conditions promote career interests.
You seem to get a buzz out of work activities during September 20,
21, partly because of the human contact, but also because you are
Thoughts are directed towards deep and meaningful issues during
September 20, 21, promoting discussions on subjects that might
ordinarily be taboo.
Aquarians experience a creative surge that is helpful in managing
everyday tasks during September 20, 21. You’ll also make time to
do something you personally enjoy.
During September 20, 21 your closeness to another individual will
provide insights into a relationship that are not ordinarily seen. Lots
of interaction here!
There are real connections with the home and family during
Tuesday and Wednesday, as you share emotional experiences and an
enjoyment of daily life.
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