Film: Classic remake is a cut above

Film: Classic remake is a cut above
Ebizo Ichikawa in Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D.

Reviewed this Week: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D. Directed by Takashi Miike. Rating: 4/5. Silent House. Directed by Chris Kentis and Laura Lau. Rating: 2/5.

Reviewed: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 3D

**Rating:** 4/5

Samurai films, like Westerns, don't have to be familiar swashbuckling genre iterations. They can expand to contain stories of tragedy, morality and the whole dire and dirty human experience. Barely pausing for breath after last year's superb chanbara 13 Assassins, prolific director Takashi Miike goes 3D to remake Masaki Kobayashi's samurai classic Hara-Kiri - which won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 1962 and is regularly...

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