Continuing to show their ownership of Asian action fare, Magnolia's genre label Magnet Releasing scooped up U.S. rights to Takashi Miike’s 19th century samurai action flick 13 Assassins, which recently played the Venice and Toronto fests, will screen at the London fest and closes Fantastic Fest in Austin.
Set in 1844 Japan, the violent action epic is a remake of the 1963 film of the same title and stars Koji Yakusho (Tokyo Sonata, Babel) as a samurai who assembles a team of thirteen killers to assassinate the brother of a sadistic young Shogun. I hear that the 45-minute climactic battle is astonishing: Magnolia chief Eamonn Bowles was raving about the film in Toronto, so it's not a surprise that he acquired it for release in the first quarter of 2011.
Here's the 2010 trailer:
The trailer of the 1963 film is on the jump.
Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, Brother, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence) exec produced 13 Assassins and partnered with Sedic International head Toshiaki Nakazawa (Departures, Sukiyaki Western Django), and TV Asahi’s Takashi Hirajo. Toho Co., Ltd will release the film in Japan on September 25. HanWay sold over 20 territories in Toronto including Canada (Alliance), Australia/NZ (Icon), and Italy (BIM). A deal for the UK will be announced shortly.
And the original: