I’ve been programming for HIFF for almost a decade now, and it’s been pure joy selecting films from all around the world to bring to Hawaii’s film hungry audiences. I’m especially excited about this year’s 14th edition of the Spring Showcase because we’ve got films for everyone, and we kick it off with one of the greatest samurai films ever made, 13 ASSASSINS!
Cult director Takashi Miike delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan’s feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future. Starring Koji Yakusho, this film is balls-to-the-wall action and the 45 minute final action sequence rivals any showdown on celluloid. It is a filmmaking feat and Miike, who is one of Japan’s most prolific and genre-bending director working today, takes no prisoners, forging truly one of the great samurai flicks.
So, I’m really proud to open the Spring Showcase with the bushido tour-de-force, 13 ASSASSINS, which is playing twice at the Festival. You can read more about the film and find out it’s showtimes here. In the meantime, check out the trailer for the film:
I love the fact that this Japanese trailer has a cover of Desperado by Bon Jovi! Yeah!