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Miike's Thirteen Assassins shooting

TakashiMiike.jpgTakashi Miike's Thirteen Assassins has begun filming in Japan with a new name being added to the cast.

The film is a remake of the 1963 samurai film by Eiichi Kudo which is based on a true story of thirteen samurai's who band together to assassinate a man known as a rapist and a murderer, unfortunately for them he's also a powerful lord and about to assume a high level political post.

Koji Yakusho has joined the cast as the leader of the samurai, and already on board are Takayuki Yamada, Kazuki Namioka and Hiroki Matsukata, according to Variety.

It is good news that this film is getting so widely reported, coupled with the US $20 million and over budget, it looks like Takashi Miike's Thirteen Assassins is most definitely pitching itself high and aiming for a worldwide release.

While Miike is a somewhat controversial director, it looks like this film could be much more mainstream for him, even thought there will be plenty opportunity for him to delve into violence and gore with the samurai battles.

I wonder if this film could receive a lot more attention that is expected, particularly abroad. Thinking of the higher end budget, the press it's already receiving, and the current level of films being released these days, perhaps it could capture the imagination of a lot more of the audience who are a little bored with the same old Hollywood output.



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