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Trailer for Takashi Miike's Lackluster 'Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai'

22 June 2012 12:07 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I saw Takashi Miike's Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and in my review I opened by saying, "Somehow [Miike] has managed to make a film six minutes shorter than Masaki Kobayashi's far superior 1962 classic and make it feel as if it is one hour longer." The film has been picked up by Tribeca Film and for whatever reason they are going ahead with a 3-D release on July 20, just after the film is made available on Video On Demand on July 18. I say "for whatever reason" because it is one example of some of the absolute worst 3-D I have ever seen in a film that is an absolute bore and the fact they are selling it as from the director of 13 Assassins is infuriating considering the two films fall on polar opposite ends of the entertainment spectrum. The story centers on an unemployed »

- Brad Brevet

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

29 April 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Takashi Miike follows 13 Assassins with a neo-classical remake of the Yasuhiko Takiguchi story about desperate, impoverished ronin and implacably cruel feudal lords.

"Another one?"

This is the grimly resigned response of Kageyu (Yakusho Koji), Chief Official of the noble Ii clan, when he is informed that there is at the gate a shabbily dressed ronin, or masterless samurai, seeking permission to commit formal seppuku (also known as harakiri, or 'cutting the belly') in the clan's forecourt. It is 1635, some three and a half decades after the Battle of Sekigahara from which the »

- Anton Bitel

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