Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
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From visionary auteur Takashi Miike comes the story of a mysterious samurai who arrives at the doorstep of his feudal lord, requesting an honorable death by ritual suicide in his courtyard. The lord threatens him with the brutal tale of Motome, a desperate young ronin who made a similar request with ulterior motives, only to meet a grisly end. Undaunted, the samurai begins to tell a story of his own, with an ending no one could see coming. With stunning cinematography and gripping performances, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is a thrilling exploration of revenge, honor, and individuality in the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai reveals yet another facet of this always-unpredictable filmmaker: a flair for compassionate, humane melodrama."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A 3-D epic that, despite its title, is more of a soap opera than a swordplay thriller."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"HK:DOAS is a beautifully artistic, yet unflinching revenge film; distorted by unnecessary 3D and 45 minutes of additional runtime."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is another solid rather than flamboyant film from Japan's master of extreme Takashi Miike."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"Pointless 3D, and with the way the story was told, there were no surprises. It does however feature the most horrific suicide I've watched on film."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
"A quiet, narratively layered period drama with a focus squarely on character."
‑ Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
"It's an indelible picture of a cold-hearted ruling class that has allowed self-interest and hypocrisy to override its own humanity."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A cinematic work of art, presenting a world in which humanity is banished in favour of the rituals of an ever-warring people"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Hara-Kiri may be a lesser Miike work, but it's still a (literally) gutsy exercise in prolonged narrative recursiveness."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"In turn, cruel, savage, humane, joyful and finally devastating and visually transcendent. Originally in 3-D."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"Miike can't seem to get enough of Hanshiro's heroics. That's not just visual excess, though."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Miike brings a formal, elegant restraint to his usual flair for wild theatrics."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"It's not about Bushido, it's about its representation."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Miike's remake is actually less intense than the original."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The tragedy Miike aims for somehow eludes him within these under-lit interiors and shooting through netting that often blurs facial expressions"
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, honeycuttshollywood.com
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