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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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Kageyu
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Hikokuro Omodaka
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Tajiri
Hikari Mitsushima ...
Miho
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Motome Chijiiwa
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Hanshirô Tsugumo
Hirofumi Arai ...
Hayatonosho Matsuzaki
Kazuki Namioka ...
Umanosuke Kawabe
Takashi Sasano ...
Sousuke
Ayumu Saitô
Goro Daimon ...
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Takehiro Hira ...
Naotaka Ii
Baijaku Nakamura ...
Jinnai Chijiiwa
Yoshihisa Amano ...
Sasaki
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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Kageyu: Each man has his own honor. We are nothing without it! Without the heart to preserve that, we can preserve nothing!
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Very good. Very poignant.
19 May 2015 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

After reading the reviews of others I got an impression that people didn't understand the message the movie or the main hero tried to convey (or they just expected something totally different, by comparing it to director's other work). Yes, the catharsis here is not as strong as in the original, and generally it's not as complete. Nonetheless, the story is masterfully told both visually and emotionally and the actors perfectly fit their roles, so for me it was a very moving, very strong experience.

There is one detail in the third act that makes a difference between the two movies (in favor of the original). There is also a slight, but subtle, difference in the messages of the movies. The message of the original is that honor and principles are empty words, without much substance behind them. People living by them are hypocrites. The message of this one is that the intrinsic value of life is (or should be) higher than any honor bound principles. And this is a much personal message not tying itself to times, places or nations.


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