Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Reviews

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December 17, 2018
"Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" offers a reason to rejoice, allowing Miike to stretch his abilities in a film that's deliberately paced, but moving nonetheless in invoking an emotion rarely seen in his films before: compassion.
August 27, 2018
The emphasis throughout is not on action, but melodrama - with a rather long and overstated middle section devoted to Monotome's backstory which has little dramatic tension.
October 9, 2017
...[Director Miike Takashi] is content showing himself a stylist that has understood what it takes to be a good genre filmmaker today...
March 15, 2013
HK:DOAS is a beautifully artistic, yet unflinching revenge film; distorted by unnecessary 3D and 45 minutes of additional runtime.
March 15, 2013
A cinematic work of art, presenting a world in which humanity is banished in favour of the rituals of an ever-warring people
March 3, 2013
October 19, 2012
It's not about Bushido, it's about its representation.
September 23, 2012
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai reveals yet another facet of this always-unpredictable filmmaker: a flair for compassionate, humane melodrama.
September 2, 2012
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is another solid rather than flamboyant film from Japan's master of extreme Takashi Miike.
August 31, 2012
Hara-Kiri may be a lesser Miike work, but it's still a (literally) gutsy exercise in prolonged narrative recursiveness.
August 22, 2012
Miike's remake is actually less intense than the original.
August 16, 2012
A quiet, narratively layered period drama with a focus squarely on character.
August 13, 2012
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.
July 27, 2012
In turn, cruel, savage, humane, joyful and finally devastating and visually transcendent. Originally in 3-D.
July 26, 2012
The tragedy Miike aims for somehow eludes him within these under-lit interiors and shooting through netting that often blurs facial expressions
July 26, 2012
Miike can't seem to get enough of Hanshiro's heroics. That's not just visual excess, though.
July 25, 2012
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.
July 24, 2012
A worthy remake of the 1962 classic at just the right time, given the authoritarianism that led to the Fukushima disaster.
July 23, 2012
There are many more enlightening and entertaining films out there about ancient Japanese traditions that are far more deserving of your time.
July 19, 2012
A 3-D epic that, despite its title, is more of a soap opera than a swordplay thriller.
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