Kobayashi’s film tells the story of Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) and is a tale told in part through flashbacks, as the fate of Tsugumo’s son-in-law is revealed and the common theme of revenge rises to the surface. Although Harakiri is an Edo period jidai-geki, Kobayashi infuses the film with contemporary (to the sixties) allegory.
There is sparse information about Miike’s remake apart from the casting news that Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa will play the Tsugumo part and that the film will be in 3D. The film begins shooting in October and will be released next year.
You can find the trailer for the original film embedded below.
Poster source: Posteritati