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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
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
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
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
May 3, 2012
Seek out Kobayashi's superior original instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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
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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+
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Cole Smithey
July 15, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" is a stunner from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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
Jeremy Heilman
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
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