13 Assassins 2.0 stars

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Think The Seven Samurai with a revisionist twist. Yes, there’s a villain with murderous henchmen terrorizing the countryside. Yes, a master samurai must gather a team to confront the bad guys. But this time, the villain is royalty, the kind of guy the samurai usually live to serve. And this time, the commoner who comes to the samurais’ aid has no aspirations to their supposedly noble calling. (The confrontation, when it comes, is bloody and muddy and very, very long.) 2011.

Matthew Lickona

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