Masaki Kobayashi’s Seppuku is a masterpiece – no doubt about it. So is there a reason to remake/retell it? You can also call Takashi Miike’s movie a contemporary adaptation of Yasushiko Takiguchi’s novel, if you don’t want to call it a remake. But I cannot resist to consider Miike’s movie a remake. The urge to campare these 2 movies is irresistible too, so here we go with our little comparison.
So what else besides HD format, colour and a 3D option has the “new seppuku” to offer? The story of Motome and his family is much longer in the Miike movie, which makes the whole plot a bit static, at least not as dynamic as the storyline in the Kobayashi movie. The wooden-sword-harakiri-scene is longer, much violent and louder in the “new movie” but I cannot confirm that it is better than the original. The wordplay, dialogs, dialogs played by actors are much more dynamic in the “old movie” you feel sliced and diced by words and sentences of almost every scene that Tatsuya Nakadai plays in. Miike’s film on the other side has much calmer dialogs, the “slice and dice feeling” won’t come until you see Motome opening himself with his toothpick sword – and after that the feeling will be gone in a while. The final battle looks good in Takashi’s movie -we ‘ve got the snow, the surround sound… …but somehow there was not so much tension as in the 1962 movie.
The 1962 movie gave me the thrills while watchin’, the new one unfortunately not (maybe because I’ve watched it in 2D ;p ).
All the reviews praising this movie are bullshi*t, Django Unchained is not great, amazing and terrific, it’s much more than that. If you going to read all the good reviews before attending a screening of Django, you will be expecting a real good movie, and this is not what you gonna get. You will get much much more. The quality of this movie is just indescribable. This is something that you have never seen before (in one movie), this is something that you have always wanted to see in a movie, and this much more that you expect to see in a western (southern). I can confirm that this movie is “fuckin’ battleroyale” or even “fuckin’ battleroaylewithspaghettiandcheese”. It’s like Sergio Leone’s disciple outgrew the master with his skills.
With no hesitation I can say that after watching the movie I have 165 reasons to watch it again (…and again …and again…).
On the last Saturday of 2012 I went to the movies. I managed to compose myself a nice double-bill (is it still a double-bill if you change the theater?).
I started with:
Beasts of the Southern Wild – a brilliant, moving, and riveting piece of art (there is no exaggerating here). The feelings-waking narration art of this film enables the viewer to experience Hushpuppy’s point of view. The movie has been shot really good, there is nothing to complain here about. The sound of, and in the movie is almost perfect. The scene during the storm reminded me of the bomb-shelter scene in Mrs Miniver (they both feel almost the same, same real-like).
Then I changed the cinema to watch:
Life of Pi (in 2D) – this movie stimulated my sense of visual aesthetic very positively. There are few images here, that I will remember. For me, the most valuable aspect of this movie is the visual one.
So, if you want a visual feast go see Life of Pi, but if you demand a film that will play with your feelings and not only with your eye, I advise to watch Beasts of the southern...