No one makes better Samurai action films nowadays than Takashi Miike. 13 Assassins was just perfect in its blend of sword play and drama. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai looks like more fun with the addition of 3D. I don’t know if it can live up to the high standards of the 1964 Masaki Kobayashi original– one of my favorite samurai epics, but Miike has at least earned the right to die trying. The story revolves around an elder, poverty-stricken samurai who goes to his feudal lord’s home to commit an honorable suicide. Things take an unexpected turn when the fate of the samurai’s son-in-law is discovered. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai stars Koji Yakusho (13 Assassins), Eita (Azumi) and Hikari Mitsushima. The Tribeca film is available on VOD staring July 18th, with a limited 3D theatrical release on July 20th.