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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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  (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
Ryuichi Sakamoto  (as Ryûichi Sakamoto)
Cinematography by
Nobuyasu Kita (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kenji Yamashita 
Art Direction by
Yûji 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 »
Hanshirô Tsugumo:A warrior's honor is not something simply worn for show!See more »
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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Is it truly necessary?, 19 May 2014
Author: SnoopyStyle

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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