Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
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From Tribeca Film. Revenge, honor and disgrace collide when a samurai's request to commit ritual suicide leads to a tense showdown with his feudal lord. From cult auteur Takashi Miike (13 ASSASSINS). In Japanese w/ English subtitles.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 38
- Fresh: 30
- Rotten: 8
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: More moving than shocking, it proceeds slowly and gracefully, and the few scenes of bloodshed are emotionally intense rather than showily sensational.
Fresh: Miike brings a formal, elegant restraint to his usual flair for wild theatrics.
Fresh: 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.
Rotten: Takashi Miike lets his familiar tastelessness get the better of him, relishing the grisly seppuku-by-bamboo in unnecessary detail.
Trailer looks very good.
Pre-ordered. Because the original used to be one of the best samurai-movies ever. I would say on the same level with the best Kurasawa's ones. I while I purchase this one I would love to have the old version as well on iTunes.
Conceptually Good; In actuality, boring
The movie is conceptually well-designed. The cinematography is beautiful - colors are amazing, etc. The first 20 minutes are great. The backstory is excruciatingly slow. The final scene could have been amazing - the idea was brilliant and in theory should have been overwhelming. In actuality the combination of slow backstory and final scene end up much less than the sum of the parts.
Excellent, excellent movie.