• Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

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Release Date: July 20th, 2012

DVD Release Date: January 22nd, 2013

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 6 min

Plot Summary
A samurai (Ebizo Ichikawa) asks permission to commit ritual suicide in the courtyard of a prominent feudal lord and hears the gruesome tale of what happened to a comrade who made a similar request several months earlier.

Cast: Ebizo Ichikawa, Eita , Hikari Mitsushima, Naoto Takenaka, Munetaka Aoki, Hirofumi Arai, Kazuki Namioka, Yoshihisa Amano

Director: Takashi Miike

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Kôdansha, Dentsu, Oriental Light and Magic, Recorded Picture Company (RPC)

Distributors: Tribeca Film

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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

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

  • 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

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