In Shogun-era Japan, the powerful and sadistic Lord Naritsugu threatens to shatter the country’s fragile peace and plunge it once more into war. Determined to stop him at all costs, an elite group of renegade samurai – each with their own deadly skill – plot his downfall.
Massively outnumbered, the thirteen fearless warriors must face Naritsugu’s lethal army in a monumental and bloodily violent showdown.
Takashi Miike, the director responsible for such uncompromising and unforgettable movies as Audition and Ichi the Killer. He indelibly stamps his trademark style on the Samurai genre with the ultra-violent, all-action, blood-spattered epic.
One of the most prolific, wildly unpredictable and controversial directors in cinema, here Miike reinvents himself once more, throwing in several obvious nods to the works of Akira Kurosawa and enough grotesquery to satisfy his loyal legions of fans, with a wild spectacle of a film that has been described as a “virtuoso bloodbath you won't forget" by The Telegraph's Tim Robey.