Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

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  • Summary: Revenge, honor and disgrace collide when a samurai's request to commit ritual suicide leads to a tense showdown with his feudal lord. [Tribeca Film]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    Aug 16, 2012
    100
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 20, 2012
    90
    With this sober, mournful, gorgeously mounted and marvelously acted drama, Miike connects himself to the greatest traditions of Japanese film and to the period of historical self-examination that followed the debacle of World War II. And he also crafts one hell of a fable of heroism.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Jul 19, 2012
    80
    More moving than shocking, it proceeds slowly and gracefully, and the few scenes of bloodshed are emotionally intense rather than showily sensational.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 19, 2012
    75
    With its lethargic pace, Hara Kiri may disappoint more often than it delights, but the payoff is extreme in more ways than one.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Jul 26, 2012
    75
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Jul 19, 2012
    70
    Hara-Kiri builds and builds as well, but its revelations are more character-derived that action-oriented, so the film never reaches the cattle-on-fire craziness of its predecessor.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jul 16, 2012
    50
    Takashi Miike lets his familiar tastelessness get the better of him, relishing the grisly seppuku-by-bamboo in unnecessary detail.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jan 26, 2013
    8
    It is the remake of an legendary movie to make this generation to realize the the power of sacrifice and honor. Movie is slow in parts but theIt is the remake of an legendary movie to make this generation to realize the the power of sacrifice and honor. Movie is slow in parts but the thin story line holds you till last moment. A must watch for the samurai fans. Expand

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