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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Reviews

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
August 16, 2012
A quiet, narratively layered period drama with a focus squarely on character.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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
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
July 19, 2012
Miike brings a formal, elegant restraint to his usual flair for wild theatrics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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July 19, 2012
Ryuichi Sakamoto's score, Nobuyasu Kita's cinematography and the performances are all impressive.
July 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
July 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
July 17, 2012
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.
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+