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Based on 19 Reviews
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  • 100
    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. show more

  • 80
    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. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Hara-Kiri is formal, deliberate, leisurely almost to a fault. It features the sort of slow-gliding camera movements favored by Kenji Mizoguchi, one of the greatest 20th century Japanese filmmakers - and the one least like Miike. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Reveals yet another facet of this always-unpredictable filmmaker: a flair for compassionate, humane melodrama. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    A 3-D epic that, despite its title, is more of a soap opera than a swordplay thriller. show more

  • 75
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    It's superb filmmaking, uncluttered and utterly assured. Miike places us in the household of Li, offering up rich, deep colors, with an almost painterly exploration of fields of depth and volume. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    Takashi Miike lets his familiar tastelessness get the better of him, relishing the grisly seppuku-by-bamboo in unnecessary detail. show more

  • 80
    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. show more

  • 80
    Peter Bradshaw The Guardian

    The endlessly prolific Takashi Miike returns with this superbly acted revenger's tragedy. show more

  • 60

    If Miike's re-tune of Masaki Kobayashi's bleak samurai tale is a surprisingly subdued affair, aficionados will still find enough sword-based shenanigans to keep them engrossed. show more

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