I strongly recommend you make an effort to find 13 Assassins.
13 Assassins is a Takashi Miike film set is 1844 Japan—near the end of the Edo period. An unemployed samurai is hired to assassinate a sadistic daimyo who is ascending the political structure and threatening to return Japan into a warring period.
Kôji Yakusho (Memoirs of a Geisha) stars as Shinza—the lead samurai who recruits a ragged group of 11 other ronin for what is surely a suicide mission to defeat 130 guards, including the lord’s personal guard Hanbei--a skilled samurai and former kenjutsu classmate with whom Shinza trained as a young man.
The film weaves the tenets of bushido—and the associated struggle with honor and loyalty—with humor and action adventure. Hang on for the climatic 45-minute battle which brings all events to equilibrium—or does it?
Miike pays homage to influences as diverse as Kurosawa and Pulp Fiction in this remake of the 1963 film “Jûsan-nin no shikaku.” 13 Assassins was nominated for Best Film at the 34th Japan Academy Prize.
Although it was released in 2010 and is available on Netflix, it is only now getting very limited big-screen theater showings at your local art house, e.g., one week only at the Nuart (Landmark) in West L.A. It is in Japanese with subtitles. Rated R for sequences of bloody violence, some disturbing images and brief nudity.