• Ichimei
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    Added: Jun 22, 2012


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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Reviews

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Mark Jenkins
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Ryuichi Sakamoto's score, Nobuyasu Kita's cinematography and the performances are all impressive.

Full Review Source: NPR

July 19, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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The Miike of old resurfaces for the climactic sequence, but Hara-Kiri seems intent on proving that his instinct to shock runs secondary to a more consistent instinct to rebel.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

July 19, 2012
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Miike turns the format's inherent limitations, especially the tendency toward visual murkiness, to his advantage, fully immersing us in a world suffused with moral and ethical rot.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/5

July 17, 2012
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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It may well be Miike's best film, a patient, ominous piece of epic storytelling that conscientiously rips the scabs off the honorable samurai mythology.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 17, 2012
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine

Takashi Miike lets his familiar tastelessness get the better of him, relishing the grisly seppuku-by-bamboo in unnecessary detail.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

July 16, 2012
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" is a stunner from start to finish.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A+

July 15, 2012
Jeremy Heilman

It wouldn't just be a bad pun to suggest that this film hits you in the gut.

Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com | Original Score: 71/100

June 28, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The moving story reaches its climax in a beautifully choreographed fight between a platoon of samurai and a man wielding a wooden sword.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 5, 2012
Emma Simmonds
The List

It's far from perfection but those who are more interested in consideration than carnage might find that such dignified imperfection will do.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 4/5

May 4, 2012
Donald Clarke
Irish Times

The camera moves with a grace and elegance that seems entirely appropriate to a picture so profoundly concerned with ritual.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2012
Peter Bradshaw

This has the lineaments of a classic and would make a great double-bill with Miike's 1999 film Audition on the theme of revenge.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 4/5

May 3, 2012
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies

Seek out Kobayashi's superior original instead.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2012
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

no comin'-at-ya entrails or stereoscopic sensationalism; instead Miike's first experiment with 3D expands the enclosures of the Ii house into a resonant, multi-dimensional staging ground for complex moral drama.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

April 30, 2012
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine

A surprisingly subdued affair, [but] aficionados will still find enough sword-based shenanigans to keep them engrossed.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 15, 2012
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film

The 3D is completely redundant and the action sporadic but unexpected gearshifts provide plenty of narrative meat.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

April 10, 2012
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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It doesn't help that Miike shot Hara-Kiri in 3-D, which as usual accomplishes nothing save for making the action look as if it's taking place during a partial eclipse of the sun.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

May 19, 2011
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy

The closing reels make up a fight scene even Quentin Tarantino would have thought too one-sided for Uma and her second-hand yellow jumpsuit in Kill Bill.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 3/5

May 19, 2011
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: B

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