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13 Assassins


Images courtesy of Magnolia Pictures

13 Assassins
Takashi Miike, 2010


Akira Kurosawa, 1961

Kinema Japan

This series takes viewers to Japan, with selections that encompass the entire spectrum of Japanese filmmaking, from samurai classics to sci-fi stunners. Like last summer’s<em>Cinema italiano</em>series, it is intended as an introduction and homage to one of the world’s great film traditions. We’ve included works by some of the most revered Japanese directors, including Yasujiro Ozu and Akira Kurosawa, and by contemporary filmmakers, including Takashi Miike and Hirokazu Kore-Eda, as well as other films that represent Japan’s vital film history across several eras and genres.

Fri, July 8, 2011 7 PM
Sat, July 9, 2011 7 PM

This double bill pairs Takashi Miike's take on a traditional samurai film with Akira Kurosawa's western-inspired Yojimbo.

Best known for lurid and extremely violent horror fare, Takashi Miike switches gears in 13 Assassins, his take on the traditional samurai film. The film follows a band of 13 assassins bent on killing the out-of-control younger brother of the Shogun. (126 mins., 35mm).

In Yojimbo, Toshiro Mifune stars as a ronin (masterless samurai) who convinces the three crime bosses in a small town to hire him as protection against the others. Heavily influenced by American westerns, the film was remade by Sergio Leone as A Fistful of Dollars (1964). (110 mins., 35mm)

Copresented by Ohio State's East Asian Studies Center.