YMMV / 13 Assassins

  • Complete Monster: Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira is the Shogun's adoptive brother, and a firm believer in Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!. His very first scene has him raping the daughter-in-law of a lord who's hosting him for the night, and then killing her husband for good measure. This isn't an isolated incident, either. Naritsugu has been doing this for so long, he threatens the very stability of the nation. Later, we see him tie up a family for target practice (including a little girl) and hear how he massacred a peasant revolt, taking the leader's daughter, after cutting out her tongue and chopping off her limbs, for his use as a Sex Slave. His only reaction to seeing the titular assassins mow down his loyal soldiers who die in defense of him is to contemplate how amazing the era of war must have been while deciding to return to such days when he becomes Shogun.
  • Crazy Awesome: Kiga.
  • Holy Shit Quotient: The 45 minute climax has this in spades.
  • Love to Hate: Naritsugu. Big time.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Nartisugu pole-vaults over it during his first appearance and keeps on plummeting further down with every second he spends on screen. Trying to actually list his misdeeds would result in a full summary of the film.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Shinzaemon's reaction when he meets the "poor woman". But this also gives him the resolve to fulfill his mission.
  • So Cool It's Awesome
  • Too Cool to Live: Subverted with Kiga and Shinzaemon's nephew, but played straight with just about everyone else in the group.
  • Values Dissonance: Japan doesn't have a problem with non-sexual nudity or children being naked. There's a long shot of a naked little boy, about 6, peeing in a ditch. This is a funny gag to Japanese Cinema (a similar joke would be picking your nose in the West) but it can be jarring to foreign audiences to whom "naked children" means "Pedo Hunt".

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