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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
March 15, 2013
HK:DOAS is a beautifully artistic, yet unflinching revenge film; distorted by unnecessary 3D and 45 minutes of additional runtime.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
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
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
October 19, 2012
It's not about Bushido, it's about its representation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
September 23, 2012
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai reveals yet another facet of this always-unpredictable filmmaker: a flair for compassionate, humane melodrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Beth Accomando
September 2, 2012
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is another solid rather than flamboyant film from Japan's master of extreme Takashi Miike.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
August 31, 2012
Hara-Kiri may be a lesser Miike work, but it's still a (literally) gutsy exercise in prolonged narrative recursiveness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 22, 2012
Miike's remake is actually less intense than the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
August 16, 2012
A quiet, narratively layered period drama with a focus squarely on character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
James Verniere
Boston Herald
July 27, 2012
In turn, cruel, savage, humane, joyful and finally devastating and visually transcendent. Originally in 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kirk Honeycutt
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
Full Review | Original Score: 4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
July 26, 2012
Miike can't seem to get enough of Hanshiro's heroics. That's not just visual excess, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Miles Bowe
Boston Phoenix
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Louis Proyect
July 24, 2012
A worthy remake of the 1962 classic at just the right time, given the authoritarianism that led to the Fukushima disaster.
Jordan Hoffman
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
July 19, 2012
A 3-D epic that, despite its title, is more of a soap opera than a swordplay thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
July 19, 2012
Miike brings a formal, elegant restraint to his usual flair for wild theatrics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 19, 2012
More moving than shocking, it proceeds slowly and gracefully, and the few scenes of bloodshed are emotionally intense rather than showily sensational.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
July 19, 2012
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.
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