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.
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
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 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.
July 27, 2012
In turn, cruel, savage, humane, joyful and finally devastating and visually transcendent. Originally in 3-D.
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 19, 2012
A 3-D epic that, despite its title, is more of a soap opera than a swordplay thriller.
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.
July 19, 2012
Miike brings a formal, elegant restraint to his usual flair for wild theatrics.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
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