Harakiri in HD

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 ).

Bad day at Black Rock

Thank you Trailers From Hell for re-introducing me to this amazing film. There is a lat to be told about this movie, so let’s hear what D.I. has to tell about it:

The D is silent

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…).


Billy Crash: [after getting shot in the genitals] D-jango, you black son of a bitch!
Django: The “D” is silent, hillbilly.