13 Assassins is a 2010 samurai film directed by Takashi Miike, a remake of Eiichi Kudo's 1963 Japanese black-and-white film 13 Assassins. Loosely based on historical events, the film is set in 1844 toward the end of the Edo period where a group of thirteen assassins—composed of twelve samurai and a hunter—secretly plot to assassinate the savage leader of the Akashi clan, Lord Matsudaira Naritsugu, before his appointment to the powerful Shogunate Council.
The film stars K?ji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, S?suke Takaoka, Hiroki Matsukata, Kazuki Namioka, and Gor? Inagaki. It is the third film in which Yamada and Takaoka co-starred, the first two being Crows Zero and Crows Zero 2, both directed by Miike. Principal photography took place in the course of two months in Tsuruoka, Yamagata, in northern Japan, in the period from July to September 2009. The film opened in Japan on 25 September 2010 and in the United States on 29 April 2011 to very good reviews.