Takeshi Miike is one of the most prolific filmmakers in the world, chalking up more than 80 films in the past 10 years. Most are made quickly, but in 13 Assassins, a classic samurai genre film, it is clear that time and care were taken to achieve those high production values.
The director's scream-and-scream-again horror films, like the unforgettable Audition, and his goofy superhero send-ups (Venice is also hosting two of his Zebraman titles) would suggest he would go to work gleefully deconstructing the samurai canon. But once again, Miike surprises his audience.
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