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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011) More at IMDbPro »Ichimei (original title)

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai -- From Tribeca Film. Revenge, honor and disgrace collide when a samurai's request to commit ritual suicide leads to a tense showdown with his feudal lord. From cult auteur Takashi Miike (13 ASSASSINS). In Japanese w/ English subtitles.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai -- 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.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai -- Ichimei


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20 July 2012 (USA) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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Masterpiece. Sensitive and Poetic. May be Best Japanese Film since Two Decades. See more (21 total) »


  (in credits order)

Kôji Yakusho ... Kageyu
Munetaka Aoki ... Hikokuro Omodaka

Naoto Takenaka ... Tajiri
Hikari Mitsushima ... Miho

Eita ... Motome Chijiiwa

Ebizô Ichikawa ... Hanshirô Tsugumo
Hirofumi Arai ... Hayatonosho Matsuzaki
Kazuki Namioka ... Umanosuke Kawabe
Takashi Sasano ... Sousuke
Ayumu Saitô
Goro Daimon ... Priest
Takehiro Hira ... Naotaka Ii
Baijaku Nakamura ... Jinnai Chijiiwa
Yoshihisa Amano ... Sasaki
Ippei Takahashi

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
Writing credits
Kikumi Yamagishi (screenplay)

Yasuhiko Takiguchi  novel "Ibun rônin-ki"

Produced by
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
Original Music by
Ryûichi Sakamoto 
Cinematography by
Nobuyasu Kita (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kenji Yamashita 
Art Direction by
Yuji Hayashida 
Costume Design by
Kazuko Kurosawa 
Sound Department
Kenji Shibasaki .... supervising sound designer
Visual Effects by
Tsugutaka Fukuoka .... visual effects artist
Keiji Tsujii .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Yoshimi Watabe .... gaffer
Other crew
Chiara Gelardin .... business and legal affairs
Alainée Kent .... development executive
Jonathan Lynch-Staunton .... for hanWay films
Fabien Westerhoff .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films

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Also Known As:
"Ichimei" - Japan (original title)
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128 min
Color | Color (3D Stereoscopic)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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The first 3D title ever to be shown in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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!See more »
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29 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Masterpiece. Sensitive and Poetic. May be Best Japanese Film since Two Decades., 23 May 2012
Author: sriram_m from Narsipatnam, India

Director Takashi Miike has emerged and grown as an explosion of artistry in modern Japanese cinema, from controversial past image, from international notoriety for depicting shocking scenes of extreme violence. He became an auteur to write his mark in modern world cinema. With unmatched emotional intensity, using silence as fierce force, he got abilities of higher order. With incomparable emotional portrayal, unmatched visual precision, beauty and poetry, he became a legend of modern cinema. His style is slow, powerful, intense, beautiful and spiritual. With Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai(2011) Takashi Miike is ought to have great respect as much as akira kurosawa got. His style of making is like injecting venom directly into our nerves, instantly it flows to our brain, spreads all over the body to every cell of it, and blocks all the movement of consciousness so potently, instantly. We are not but to surrender to its emotional potency and masterful artistry. Suddenly we become helpless and merge into visuals of painful melancholy. We become helpless as the characters of his movie. In fact, we are all same as human beings, since the beginning of human race. Our inner emotions are same. Our instincts are same. But there is awaking in some souls. They struggle for truth. They need to fight with brutality of customs, traditions and with ignorance of cultural madness. Characters of Takashi Miike's new movies are indeed spiritually awakened, and able to understand the true values of life. They fight with traditional madness in the name of respectability and the honour. Ignorance is darker than darkness. It is the cause of all the misery of mankind. His characters have wisdom of life. They fight with ignorance.

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai(2011) is more matured than his magnum opus 13 Assassins(2010). Those who liked 13 Assassins(2010) for solely action sequences may not like Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai(2011), but who liked visual artistry of 13 Assassins(2010) should not miss this movie. Final action sequence is unique and unforgettable. People who like gore may disappoint to watch it. But indeed it is a classic samurai sword fight we can't imagine to see on a screen since the birth of cinema, for its classic nature and action choreography. I am sure no one ever composed such a sword fight in the history of cinema. One must prepare to see an epic about poverty and ignorance, rather than to watch merely an action movie. It is very sensitive movie. Legendary music composer ryuichi sakamoto's mystical music made this move as sensitive as true to life, like pure poetry, to create a transcendental experience. Takashi Miike is not only master of swords, indeed he is¬ master in human expression. We can't see him in the shade of his past movies. Right now he is a master. No one can deny it.

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