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3.7
688 Ratings

Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

Ichimei | 一命

Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan, 2011
Action, Drama

Synopsis

Seeking an honorable end, poverty-stricken samurai Hanshiro requests to commit hara-kiri in the courtyard of a feudal lord’s estate. Trying to dismiss Hanshiro’s wish to save face, the lord recounts the tragic story of a similar plea years ago from a young ronin…

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Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai Directed by Takashi Miike
Death of a Samurai is a film of hope drowned out by agonized moans from the poorest, most pitiful humans. It’s an autumnal melodrama that turns cold, bloody and grey, with apocalyptic skies (like Ryûichi Sakamoto’s haunting score) hanging over 3D images of disorder, half-Seurat and half-Manet in their colour and arrangement.
November 16, 2016
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Hara-Kiri still derives pleasure from going through the standardized motions of its genre but changes the emphasis from adherence to obsolescent notions of saving face to an angry tract on social inequality.
January 22, 2013
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What most distinguishes the redo is the often remarkable use of 3-D: Miike turns the format’s inherent limitations, especially the tendency toward visual murkiness, to his advantage, fully immersing us in a world suffused with moral and ethical rot.
July 17, 2012
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