Hara-Kiri(Remake By Takashi Miike) Is Just Okay Enough to Spare Miike from Committing Seppuku Himself
Unnecessary but creditable remake of Masaki Kobayashi's masterpiece. Directed by Miike, most famous for mindless exercises in sleaze and sadism. The opening segment features an impressive balance of stylistics and somberness, the long middle section told in flashback is adequate but flat, and the finale is exaggerated to the point of ridiculousness. But given the terribleness of most remakes, this one deserves at least the recognition of 'interesting try'.