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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

Ichimei (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 July 2012 (USA)
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An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

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Motome Chijiiwa
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Hanshirô Tsugumo
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Naotaka Ii
Baijaku Nakamura ...
Jinnai Chijiiwa
Yoshihisa Amano ...
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Ippei Takahashi
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An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

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$10,920 (USA) (20 July 2012)

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$60,201 (USA) (31 August 2012)
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The first 3D title ever to be shown in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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As the wooden wakizashi is pushed into the stomach (after the tip snapped off), you can see that the blade is sliding into the handle. See more »

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Hanshirô Tsugumo: They taste better with someone.
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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Is it truly necessary?
19 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

17th century Japan is in peace and countless samurai are without work or masters. Many roam the countryside with nothing to live for. An older samurai Tsukumo Hanshiro (Tatsuya Nakadai) seeks admittance to the house of a lord to commit the Hara-Kiri or ritual suicide and thereby maintaining his honor. Then the samurai in charge recounts the story of Chijiiwa Motome who was also from his town. He was a young man who also asked for help to commit Hara-Kiri. Right before the ritual, he asked for one more day and then 3 ryo to treat his sick wife and child. He was heartlessly denied. Motome had nothing but a bamboo blade after selling his sword and they forced him to perform the ritual with the dull blade.

Of course, this is a remake of the 1962 Japanese hit. Other than being in color, I'm not sure if there are any improvements. I don't think it's any worst, but I can't tell if anything is better. The big Harakiri scene is the big draw. I remember the original to be more compelling. Yet I don't know if that has more to do with the shock of seeing it for the first time. I remember they explained the roles better in the original especially about the second. The tension seemed to built up more. The original Motome seemed more scared. I can't be sure if it's a trick of memory to view the first with more admiration.


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