Harakiri/13 Assassins Double Feature (and other ramblings)

May 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

The other day, after introducing a friend to the world of Kobayashi through his anti-feudalist masterpiece Harakiri, it occurred to me immediately I had just seen a more recent film with similar themes and time periods, so right when Harakiri ended I put in Takashi Miike’s wildly fun and semi-smart remake of 13 Assassins. It actually didn’t take place in the same time period, (they’re actually set 200 years apart) but both are set in ages of peace, both implement hara-kiri as a main theme, and both use the allegory of the time to parallel the emptiness of feudal/political/social honor. So what’s the significance of this mild discovery? Well, at the time none, I guess, other than sharing the wonderfully astute aesthetics of Japanese cinema with a friend based on impulse . . .  it’s just this hilarious coincidence then that Takashi Miike has very recently announced at Cannes 2011 that he’s remaking Harakiri. Trailer below: « Read the rest of this entry »


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