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Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai

Not Rated In Theaters 07/20/2012 , 126min.
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San Francisco Chronicle
Takashi's film is sumptuous, with rich cinematography, costumes and set design. Half the time it is a game of chess - the battle of wits between Motome and the lord. Half of the time it is a moving melodrama. Full Review
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
More moving than shocking, it proceeds slowly and gracefully, and the few scenes of bloodshed are emotionally intense rather than showily sensational. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Deftly weaving double plotlines, gorgeous camera work, and deep compassion, Miike contrasts ritualistic "honor" with the truly honorable, as poor but noble squires face off against powerful lords cushioned by tradition and pride. Full Review
Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
With its lethargic pace, Hara Kiri may disappoint more often than it delights, but the payoff is extreme in more ways than one. Full Review
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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. Full Review

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