Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai ★★★★

Following up the critical and creative success of last year's 13 Assassins remake, prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike has gone in for another samurai redo. This time he is tackling Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 classic, Harakiri. Retitled Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, this is a pretty straight remake, with Miike's only real update to this 17th-century drama being that he shot the thing in 3D...Perhaps if the 1962 version didn't exist, I'd be more enthusiastic about Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, but the truth is, it does exist, and despite the 2012 effort being a fine film in its own right, it can't stand alone. If you've never seen the Kobayashi version then you will probably have no problem digging on this, but I'd encourage you to watch the older movie instead if you can. I really liked what Miike put on screen, but the apprentice is never going to surpass the master.

Read my full review at DVD Talk: www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/57373/hara-kiri-death-of-a-samurai-3d/