Ryuichi Sakamoto's score, Nobuyasu Kita's cinematography and the performances are all impressive.
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
Takashi Miike lets his familiar tastelessness get the better of him, relishing the grisly seppuku-by-bamboo in unnecessary detail.
| Original Score: 2/4
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" is a stunner from start to finish.
| Original Score: A+
It wouldn't just be a bad pun to suggest that this film hits you in the gut.
| Original Score: 71/100
The moving story reaches its climax in a beautifully choreographed fight between a platoon of samurai and a man wielding a wooden sword.
It's far from perfection but those who are more interested in consideration than carnage might find that such dignified imperfection will do.
The camera moves with a grace and elegance that seems entirely appropriate to a picture so profoundly concerned with ritual.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Seek out Kobayashi's superior original instead.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
A surprisingly subdued affair, [but] aficionados will still find enough sword-based shenanigans to keep them engrossed.
The 3D is completely redundant and the action sporadic but unexpected gearshifts provide plenty of narrative meat.
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.
| Original Score: C+
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.
| Original Score: B