A respected house get fed up of samurai calling round every five minutes trying to blag them out of cash. Claiming they're hard done by and are gonna have to commit suicide if turned away. Then one day, they make an example of a young samurai after he knocks on their door with another story of woe, resulting in him committing suicide (rather nastily) in their courtyard.. But with the arrival of a stranger shortly after~ward we learn of the true story behind the young samurai's predicament..
As you probably guessed, this isn't exactly a heart~warming and fun tale of fate, honour and vengeance for all the family, coming from the barrel of director Miike, but it is however nicely shot, well filmed and suitably downbeat.
I thoroughly enjoyed 13 Assassins, but those of you expecting a similar film should read a few more reviews, coz this is hardly action packed, heroic bloodshed! It's much more of a character drama set in 17th century Japan. I was aware that this was a remake, however I don't believe I've ever seen the original, so cannot comment on whether this is better or not. Usually not, as far as remakes are concerned. Personally I preferred 13 Assassins and its theme of 'a few stood against many' and its visceral violence but that's just my uncultured side coming out, again!
Picture good on the dvd, which is what you'd expect from a new film. Extras none on the dvd, which is what you'd expect from a new film just bought for a £1.
3.5/5 stars rounded up.