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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Reviews

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Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

A cinematic work of art, presenting a world in which humanity is banished in favour of the rituals of an ever-warring people

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 15, 2013
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: B

March 3, 2013
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's not about Bushido, it's about its representation.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 4/4

October 19, 2012
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai reveals yet another facet of this always-unpredictable filmmaker: a flair for compassionate, humane melodrama.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2012
Beth Accomando

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is another solid rather than flamboyant film from Japan's master of extreme Takashi Miike.

Full Review Source: KPBS.org

September 2, 2012
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Miike's remake is actually less intense than the original.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 22, 2012
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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A quiet, narratively layered period drama with a focus squarely on character.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 16, 2012
James Verniere
Boston Herald

In turn, cruel, savage, humane, joyful and finally devastating and visually transcendent. Originally in 3-D.

Full Review Source: Boston Herald | Original Score: A

July 27, 2012
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Miike can't seem to get enough of Hanshiro's heroics. That's not just visual excess, though.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

July 26, 2012
Miles Bowe
Boston Phoenix

The movie is tellingly named after the blunt, informal term for the ritual (hara-kiri means "cut belly") and effectively deglorifies these "honorable" ritual suicides.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

July 25, 2012
Louis Proyect

A worthy remake of the 1962 classic at just the right time, given the authoritarianism that led to the Fukushima disaster.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

July 24, 2012
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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A 3-D epic that, despite its title, is more of a soap opera than a swordplay thriller.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 19, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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It's an indelible picture of a cold-hearted ruling class that has allowed self-interest and hypocrisy to override its own humanity.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

July 19, 2012
Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
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Miike brings a formal, elegant restraint to his usual flair for wild theatrics.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 19, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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More moving than shocking, it proceeds slowly and gracefully, and the few scenes of bloodshed are emotionally intense rather than showily sensational.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 19, 2012
Andrew O'Hehir
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 19, 2012
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
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