Miike's "13 Assassins" and Two Samurai Classics From the '60's Added to Netflix Streaming

A Great Chambara Trifecta

Critics are calling Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins one of the best action movies in years. 1966's The Secret of the Urn is a classic cinema adventure of Tange Sazen, a maimed ronin first introduced in the 1920's who serves as a model for characters likes of Blade of the Immortal's Manji.  1964's Revenge (Adauchi) serves as a rebuttal of over-idealized samurai movies from social realist filmmaker Tadashi Imai.  The three movies can now be viewed from Netflix's streaming service.

 

13 Assassins

To stop a tyrant from murdering and exploiting innocent civilians, 13 samurai warriors unite and prepare to end his life. But to kill the evildoer, the assassins must contend with an army of deadly bodyguards who outnumber them by a wide margin. Directed by acclaimed and prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike, this action-packed samurai remake features Yusuke Iseya, Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada and Tsuyoshi Ihara.

 

 

Revenge (Adauchi)

This vintage samurai film from director Tadashi Imai follows the escalating tension between friends who find themselves trapped in a cycle of obligation and honor that ultimately forces them to wield their blades against one another.

 

The Secret of the Urn

Left with one eye and one arm after a brutal attack that nearly ended his mission, clan member Samanosuke takes on a new identity -- that of fearless samurai Tange Sazen -- and sets out to keep a powerful urn out of evil hands.

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