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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
"Ichimei" (original title)

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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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Cast overview:
Munetaka Aoki ...
Hikokuro Omodaka
Hikari Mitsushima ...
Motome Chijiiwa
Hanshirô Tsugumo
Hirofumi Arai ...
Hayatonosho Matsuzaki
Kazuki Namioka ...
Umanosuke Kawabe
Takashi Sasano ...
Ayumu Saitô
Goro Daimon ...
Takehiro Hira ...
Naotaka Ii
Baijaku Nakamura ...
Jinnai Chijiiwa
Yoshihisa Amano ...
Ippei Takahashi


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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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai  »

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


$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 »


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 »


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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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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How The Mighty Have Fallen
3 August 2012 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

Where does mercy fit in with the esprit de corps of a warrior class? Can there be honor without it? These are interesting questions raised in director Takashi Miike's poignant remake of the 1962 classic "Harakiri". This film may not satisfy the audience for slashing, body-count samurai movies because the emphasis is on mood and character but there are a number of things to recommend this film. "Hara-Kiri:Death of a Samurai" is beautifully photographed by Nobuyasu Kita and has laudable performances. Ebizo Ichikawa is Hanshiro a samurai with a young daughter of marriageable age. Hanshiro has adjusted to living in a time of peace. He isn't a wealthy man but seems happy and content making a living doing the odd job here and there. Ichikawa is wonderful in this role giving great weight and humanity to the character. He is a memorable samurai. Eita is Motome a young samurai who hasn't adjusted as well. He has been unable to find employment and so enters the house of a great lord asking for permission to commit harakiri in the courtyard and thus achieve an honorable death. Hikari Mitsushima is very affecting as Hanshiro's daughter, Miho. When I approached the theater showing this film I noticed someone walking away with teary eyes. I can't recall the last time that happened but after seeing "Hara-Kiri:Death of a Samurai" I understood why someone would be so moved.

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