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I kind-of slammed Hollywood a while ago in one of my other list articles, stating that they seemed to have run out of new ideas. Well I am not going to go back on that statement, but I do have some new information to add. Regardless of their motivation, Hollywood, and some of the other leading filming areas of the world, have made some pretty cool newer versions of films that have already been released once. In some cases they have retold the same story, adding or changing very little, but just using better production elements and more modernized techniques and equipment. In other cases they have redeveloped the whole story, keeping only the basic theme and then adding all that great modern stuff. Of course there are all sorts of film remakes that fall somewhere in the middle of these two classifications. What follows here is the list of film redux versions that I think qualify as the best. Take a look and see if you agree.

#6 – 13 Assassins (2010) & 13 Assassins (1963)

2010 Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya

1963 Director: Eiichi Kudô
Stars: Chiezo Kataoka, Kô Nishimura, Ryôhei Uchida

Both of these films are serous Japanese masterpieces. The plots differ only in slight details. The story is of the harakiri of the Akashi clan leader in the first, the Namiya in the second, but both are due to the fact that the lord the Akashi clan is bound to is a rapist and a murderer. In the original it is the Shogun’s younger brother in the remake it is Naritsugu, his half-brother, but in both he will soon hold a high position and many samurai see this will be very bad for Japan. In both films 13 assassins are eventually put together to ambush the lord on the road and kill him, as a matter of honor for Japan and revenge for the families of those he has abused and killed. The remake is longer and can thus give more screen time to the action of the final battle, but both start very cerebrally and fix on character development. Either or both are worthy of a good viewing.

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