Original: Jusan-nin no shikaku (1963)
Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Koji Yakusho, Yusuke Iseya, Masachika Ichimura, Takayuki Yamada
You don’t have to be a connoisseur of old-school samurai flicks to appreciate Takashi Miike’s brutal 13 Assassins, but it certainly helps. Though we’d venture to guess that anyone who enjoyed the extended third act battle sequences in either The Avengers or Transformers: Dark of the Moon would take great pleasure in watching Miike’s 45-minute orgy of swinging, blood-soaked swords, close-up dismemberment, and hand-to-hand combat that concludes 13 Assassins. You won’t care that CGI is altogether absent.