Most of my friends and those who have followed my reviews know how rare it is that I award a perfect score to a film be it an American or foreign film. Such an honor means that a film had truly made an impression on me and had given me an experience that I may never forget in cinema. The 1962 Japanese classic directed by Masaki Kobayashi “Seppuku” (aka. Hara-Kiri) is one such film that have earned such honor for me. When I heard that it was being remade by the … more
“Are You Satisfied?” Takashi Miike. It’s only two words – a name, actually – but that’s usually all it takes to get some folks’ attention. That’s because if you’re familiar with the works of Takashi Miike, then you know what kind of a visual treat you have in store for you when you hear he’s releasing yet another film. I’ve read many reviews that draw comparisons … more
Star Rating: True to current cinematic trends, Takashi Miike’s Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai has been released in 3D. There’s no real reason this process had to be applied to this particular film, given the fact that it isn’t a fantasy, an animated family film, an action extravaganza (contrary to what the title suggests), or part of any genre in which 3D would be accepted – or, at the very least, tolerated. The film is, by and large, … more
After Takashi Miike’s “13 Assassins” which was an amazing remake of the 1960’s original, Miike is now poised to make another mark in a new era of chambara and Jidai geki films. Miike’s “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” is a remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s classic chambara black and white film “Hara-Kiri”. I am both hopeful and excited, as well as scared to death that Kobayashi’s highly acclaimed, … more
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