13 Assassins – 2010 – dir. Takashi Miike
13 Assassins is visually stimulating, philosophically compelling, and dripping with gore, but just in the right places. Takashi Miike’s prolific career in the Japanese film industry has given him the freedom to do his fair share of genre bending, but this time he’s kept it contained. While all the elements of the samurai epic are there, Miike’s gruesome touches are found only in the grisly efforts of the evil heir to the Akashi Clan, Naritsugu. An easy indication of good versus evil is presented early on, yet in the execution of the story is where the real eloquence lies.