6 items from 2013
Django Unchained Obviously the #1 title for most people this week will be the release of Quentin Tarantino's Oscar-winning film Django Unchained, but where will you buy it? Obviously many will turn to Amazon, which is where the Buy Now link below will take you, but did you know you can pick it up at Target with exclusive steel book packaging and a bonus disc? Best Buy also has special steelbook packaging for you to conside. If you're picking up the Blu-ray edition it looks like you're going to be paying $22.99 no matter which of the three options you choose, the question is, which will you choose?
Repo Man (Criterion Collection) I've actually never seen Repo Man though I've heard and read many times it's a film I ought to give a shot. Netflix used to have it on streaming and when they did I almost watched it several times, »
- Brad Brevet
Over the weekend an international trailer for Takashi Miike's Straw Shield (Wara no Tate) was revealed, but I didn't know enough about it to post the trailer with any kind of accompanying information. Considering the trailer isn't in English I didn't think that would do a large bit of good for those that wanted to give it a look. Today I have some new info courtesy of Twitch. Here's the synopsis: Based on a novel by Kiuchi Kazuhiro, the movie stars Fujiwara Tatsuya as a killer named Kunihide Kiyomaru, who murders the granddaughter of a powerful figure in the political and financial world (Yamazaki Tsutomu). A few months later, Kiyomaru discovers the man has offered a 1 billion yen reward to anyone who manages to kill him. Fearing for his own life, he turns himself in to Fukuoka Prefectural Police. Five elite Security Police are tasked with escorting Kiyomaru from Fukuoka to Tokyo, »
- Brad Brevet
by Vadim Rizov
Internationally known for his disdain for quality control, propensity for making three to five features every year in all conceivable genres and bizarre, YouTube ready non-sequitur sequences, Japanese auteur Takashi Miike made his first Cannes competition appearance with Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, in turn the fest's first premiere of a 3D film. Flattened to two dimensions for DVD and Blu-ray, Hara-Kiri looks just fine; depending on who you believe (I haven't seen it in 3D), it may even benefit from regaining the light normally lost with 3D. A stately samurai drama closely following the plot of Masaki Kobayashi's essential 1962 original, Hara-Kiri totally suppresses Miike's usual Add doodles and digressions at the narrative margins. This straight face suits him well.
In December 1632, Hanshiro (Ebizo Ichikawa) arrives at the House of Ii, whose courtyard is available to impoverished samurai who wish to commit hara-kiri (formalized suicide via »
Apparently there’s no accounting for taste; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is leading the pack in Blu-Ray pre-sales this week, closely followed by Taken 2 and Skyfall. After a lengthy run, The Dark Knight Rises has fallen to number 12 on the bestselling Blu-Ray sales charts and it will be sorely missed (thankfully I already own the film and you should too).
Ready for this week’s picks? Then read on.
Release Date: January 22nd, 2013
Director: David Ayer
- C.P. Howells
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 22, 2013
Price: DVD $26.95, Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Tribeca Film/Cinedigm/New Video
Swords are swinging in Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai.
From prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike (he’s completed seven features in the last three years, including 2010’s 13 Assassins) comes the 2011 martial arts action-drama film Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, a remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s 1962 classic samurai film, Harakiri.
Hara-Kiri tells the story of Hanshirô (Ebizô Ichikawa), a samurai who arrives at the doorstep of his feudal lord and requests an honorable death by ritual suicide in his courtyard. The lord threatens him with the brutal tale of Motome (Eita), a desperate young ronin (a samurai with no lord or master) who made a similar request with ulterior motives, only to meet a grisly end. Undaunted, Hanshirô begins to tell his own story…
Miike’s movie arrives following its release on video-on-demand and digital platforms in July, »
To Remake Or Not To Remake, That Is The Question
“Ichimei” or “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” is Takashi Miike‘s 2012 remake of the extraordinary 1962 classic “Seppuku” ( or “Harakiri“ ), that one directed by Masaki Kobayashi. If you feel like this might be a little too ambitious of a project for someone like Miike, fear not. His last project was “13 Assassins” ( which was reviewed right here on Amp ), a similar type of film with parallel themes and a striking resemblance in terms of visuals.
The story goes as follows: A ronin requests an audience with the regent of a powerful samurai clan. Once he is permitted to enter the grounds, the wandering warrior makes a startling demand: he requests the use of the clan’s courtyard in order to perform hara-kiri ( suicide by disembowelment ). Now, this is where the story gets even stranger…
As the conversation continues, the regent reveals an »
6 items from 2013
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