13 Assassins trailer looks fantastic
The surprise film at this year's Glasgow Film Festival was 13 Assassins, and while I didn't go to see it Steven from the Audiocast did. However since he doesn't like Takeshi Miike anyway, it wasn't a very good gauge of how strong the film is. The trailer that has arrived online is.
The trailer makes me think of all those classic westerns where one man, or a few men, lay traps for the overwhelming forces that are about to attack them and somehow bring about the downfall of the bad guys, except here we're going to see something harder, more cinematic, and with much more violence and blood. I'm in.
The 13 Assassins trailer looks fantastic and really conveys a powerful cinematic approach, and wouldn't you expect that from Takeshi Miike anyway? The very short blurb for the film tells us the basics:
Cult director Takeshi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.
The trailer tells us more. Thirteen Samurai's are given the task to bring down a tyrannical Lord who looks set to take control of the country and set it on a path towards war and oppression. The Samurai take up the call and it looks from the trailer that with thirteen against hundreds of the Lord's bodyguards, that they set some very clever traps for them to whittle down the numbers. Still, they face amazing odds.
I love the trailer, I love the feel I have for the film and above all I love the idea of Samurai's and their fighting ethic. This could be a fantastic film and the trailer is screaming that from the opening shot.
You can see the trailer over at Apple Trailers in Quicktime high definition, and it's well worth it.
Mind you, the UK has a long wait for this, 6th of May. Singapore sees it on the 24th of April, and those are the only two releases after the Japanese release on the 25th of September last year!