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About the Film
In mid-19th Century Japan the era of the samurai is beginning to fade as the feudal nation begins to enjoy a rare period of peace. But the fragile calm is soon threatened by the bloody rise of Lord Naritsugu, the Shogun's sadistic, psychopathic younger brother, whose position places him above the law and free to rape, mutilate and murder on a whim. Concerned that Naritsugu's actions will eventually destroy the Shogunate, top Shogun official Sir Doi covertly calls on esteemed and noble samurai warrior Shinzaemon Shimada to assassinate the evil Lord before it is too late. Shinzaemon willingly agrees and immediately gathers together an elite group of samurai to assist him in the task, knowing that what they are about to embark upon may well prove to be a suicide mission.
This is truely one of the greatest films I ever watched. Great realistic scenes and storylines.
If you are a fan of the samurai genre in any form, then buy or rent this! A gripping film, powerfully directed (what else would one expect from Miike?) and flawlessly acted. Really, it is not often that a 2 hour film merits its running time these days, but this one just flies by.
Gripping and Bloody
This is one of those films you will want to tell people about.
Its of a caliber you do not see these days very often and a film like this will keep you happy to watch it many many times.
Its a MUST rent and in my opinion one of the best buys you can get right now.
If you like samurai this is a 5/5. You will not be disapointed. Maybe worthy of a 18 rating due to being quite bloody but it is not overdone.
Hard hitting and very good story.