An interview with legendary Japanese actor Tatsuya Nakadai about "Sword of Doom" and his extensive career in film.
Far Flunger Jana Monji looks at "47 Ronin" and sees a movie that fetishizes "Asian-ness" but muddles important details, from hairstyles to geography.
The Kobayashi movie "Harakiri" is available on Hulu and Netflix. Miike's "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" is available on Amazon.com.
In this remake of the 1962 Masaki Kobayashi movie known as "Harakiri" in America, but "Seppuku" in Japan, Takashi Miike considers the value of one life or "Ichimei." (一命 Ichimei). In the U.S., the film is also re-named "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai."