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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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Director:
Writers:
Kikumi Yamagishi (screenplay) and
Yasuhiko Takiguchi (novel)
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Release Date:
20 July 2012 (USA) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Once upon a time in Japan a small samurai family lived happily till ... See more (17 total) »

Cast

  (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
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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
 
Stunts
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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ichimei" - Japan (original title)
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128 min
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The first 3D title ever to be shown in official selection at the Cannes Film Festival.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Once upon a time in Japan a small samurai family lived happily till ..., 8 August 2013
Author: Reno Rangan from Somewhere

Takashi returns to the samurai world after the success of '13 assassins' in 2011. This movie was a remake of 1962 'Harakiri' which was also a massive hit movie. I have not seen the original but this movie blown me away. As usual the story opens slow and hard to identify the situation of the story but at the right middle of the movie the flashback strikes with awesome drama about poverty and family sentiment. Once the flashback was told you will easily say where the movie is heading. The story was classic and the movie was presented with rich cinematography. The first digital 3D movie for Takashi Miike as well the first 3D movie to premier at 2011 Cannes film festival.

You have to learn a word to understand the movie completely. 'Seppuku' - which means ritual suicide committed by a samurai. So that is why it's called 'Hara-kiri: death of a samurai'. You must have patience during opening sequences, without character and story development you will be in a tough position to understand about what's going on. While the story and character progress with the development you will start to get and you may fall for the emotion parts if you are a tenderhearted. And also you will be uncomfortable during 'seppuku' scene.

Takashi Miike's career best, this is what already everyone saying about it. But Its to hard to say which was his best, I like many of his works. I might be overwhelmed by the watch but will be happy to recommend it to others. I was very little unhappy for the ending scene otherwise I could have said it is the best of Takashi's work.

I am so curious about Takashi Miike's upcoming and Hollywood debutante project 'The outside' with Tom Hardy. Expecting it would be another 'The last samurai', I wish a good luck to the team.

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