HK:DOAS is a beautifully artistic, yet unflinching revenge film; distorted by unnecessary 3D and 45 minutes of additional runtime.
| Original Score: 2.5
Takashi Miike lets his familiar tastelessness get the better of him, relishing the grisly seppuku-by-bamboo in unnecessary detail.
| Original Score: 2/4
There are many more enlightening and entertaining films out there about ancient Japanese traditions that are far more deserving of your time.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
Seek out Kobayashi's superior original instead.
| Original Score: 2/5
The tragedy Miike aims for somehow eludes him within these under-lit interiors and shooting through netting that often blurs facial expressions
| Original Score: 4
Pointless 3D, and with the way the story was told, there were no surprises. It does however feature the most horrific suicide I've watched on film.
| Original Score: 3/10
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+
Hara-Kiri may be a lesser Miike work, but it's still a (literally) gutsy exercise in prolonged narrative recursiveness.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
The camera moves with a grace and elegance that seems entirely appropriate to a picture so profoundly concerned with ritual.
| Original Score: 3/5
A quiet, narratively layered period drama with a focus squarely on character.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The 3D is completely redundant and the action sporadic but unexpected gearshifts provide plenty of narrative meat.
It's far from perfection but those who are more interested in consideration than carnage might find that such dignified imperfection will do.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
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 cinematic work of art, presenting a world in which humanity is banished in favour of the rituals of an ever-warring people
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is another solid rather than flamboyant film from Japan's master of extreme Takashi Miike.
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" is a stunner from start to finish.
| Original Score: A+
Miike's remake is actually less intense than the original.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It wouldn't just be a bad pun to suggest that this film hits you in the gut.
| Original Score: 71/100