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13 Assassins


Images courtesy of Magnolia Pictures
13 Assassins
Takashi Miike, 2010


Akira Kurosawa, 1961
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.

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