It might have something to do with the fact that I'm hip deep in the novel Shogun right now, but 13 Assassins is at the top of my watch list. 13 Assassins, remake of the 1963 film Jûsan-nin no shikaku (What? Didn't know that? Don't worry, IMDB barely remembers), looks to be one of the great action epics. What is better than a a good ol' fashioned action epic? One that is actually old fashion. Director Takashi Miike has limited the CGI effects to few, if any. Squibs, pyrotechnics, and corn syrup. I'm sure it's a bit more sophisticated than that, but you get my point.
The approach, or attitude, Miike used to create this film is one that can only be considered admirable. I wish I could quote the entire Mr. Beaks article, but that just doesn't seem right. What it boils down to is he declared himself a filmmaker, not a movie maker. Definitely worth a read if you are a movie geek.
A good director doesn't need words to tell his, or her story and watching the trailer I'm not sure that knowing Japanese, or the use of subtitles, would have mattered one way or another. It may even detract from the experience to have the distraction of reading along. There looks to be no mistaking what it is.
13 Assassins opens tomorrow in a limited number of theaters, presumably nowhere near me, so I hope to hear good things come Saturday morning.
And for those of you that know what I'm talking about, there are no reptiles, sorry.