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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

Ichimei (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 July 2012 (USA)
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A tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

Director:

Takashi Miike

Writers:

Kikumi Yamagishi (screenplay), Yasuhiko Takiguchi (novel)
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Cast overview:
Kôji Yakusho ... Kageyu Saito
Munetaka Aoki Munetaka Aoki ... Hikokuro Omodaka
Naoto Takenaka ... Tajiri
Hikari Mitsushima ... Miho
Eita ... Motome Chijiiwa
Ebizô Ichikawa ... Hanshirô Tsugumo
Hirofumi Arai ... Hayatonosho Matsuzaki
Kazuki Namioka Kazuki Namioka ... Umanosuke Kawabe
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Sousuke priest
Ayumu Saitô Ayumu Saitô ... Fujita
Goro Daimon ... Priest
Takehiro Hira ... Naotaka Ii
Baijaku Nakamura Baijaku Nakamura ... Jinnai Chijiiwa
Yoshihisa Amano Yoshihisa Amano ... Sasaki
Ippei Takahashi Ippei Takahashi ... Naito
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A tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

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Trivia

The first 3D title ever to be shown in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »

Goofs

As the wooden wakizashi is pushed into the stomach (after the tip snapped off), you can see that the blade is sliding into the handle. See more »

Quotes

Kageyu: A warrior's word is his bond.
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Version of Harakiri (1962) See more »

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Much lacking compared to original
16 September 2018 | by perica-43151See all my reviews

The Japanese cinema used to be much more powerful in the past. This remake of classic masterpiece Harakiri is far worse in many ways. It toned down criticism of authority, that is the core of the original movie. The central story is overdrawn, and it does not bring much new. What is new in this presentation is almost always at a loss, spare a somewhat simpler structure. Acting is also better in the original. But what is most annoying, is that some key subtle points are missing in this version, almost as if they were not understood, or worse yet, almost if hypocrisy of the authorities is to be whitewashed. It is far less powerful rendering of the story, it lacks authenticity that Kobayashi had with his then contemporary comments. By all means, if you can, see the original first. One of the least justified and worst remakes. However, when the original is so great, this lazy if not outright stupid remake still leaves us with a somewhat shabby but not too bad a movie. It is a disappointment coming from a director that had better days, and especially from a cinematography that seems to have grown tired, and has been surpassed by South Korea but also China to an extent.


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Country:

Japan | UK

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,920, 22 July 2012

Gross USA:

$75,688

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,435,358
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