Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Reviews

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Top Critic
July 19, 2012
Ryuichi Sakamoto's score, Nobuyasu Kita's cinematography and the performances are all impressive.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
July 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
July 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
July 17, 2012
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.
Calum Marsh
Slant Magazine
July 16, 2012
Takashi Miike lets his familiar tastelessness get the better of him, relishing the grisly seppuku-by-bamboo in unnecessary detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
July 15, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" is a stunner from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
June 28, 2012
It wouldn't just be a bad pun to suggest that this film hits you in the gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 71/100
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 5, 2012
The moving story reaches its climax in a beautifully choreographed fight between a platoon of samurai and a man wielding a wooden sword.
Emma Simmonds
The List
May 4, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
May 4, 2012
The camera moves with a grace and elegance that seems entirely appropriate to a picture so profoundly concerned with ritual.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 3, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
May 3, 2012
Seek out Kobayashi's superior original instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
April 30, 2012
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.
Simon Crook
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2012
A surprisingly subdued affair, [but] aficionados will still find enough sword-based shenanigans to keep them engrossed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul M. Bradshaw
Total Film
April 10, 2012
The 3D is completely redundant and the action sporadic but unexpected gearshifts provide plenty of narrative meat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
May 19, 2011
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 | Original Score: C+
Mayer Nissim
Digital Spy
May 19, 2011
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
March 3, 2013
| Original Score: B
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