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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 -- 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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Writers:
Kikumi Yamagishi (screenplay) and
Yasuhiko Takiguchi (novel)
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Release Date:
20 July 2012 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Unnecessary, but comes with a few slices of power See more (22 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

Directed by
Takashi Miike 
 
Writing credits
Kikumi Yamagishi (screenplay)

Yasuhiko Takiguchi  novel "Ibun rônin-ki"

Produced by
Toru Hatori .... executive producer
Sigeshi Maeda .... co-producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa .... producer
Misako Saka .... co-producer
Nobuyuki Tanizawa .... co-producer
Jeremy Thomas .... producer
Kensuke Zushi .... 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
 
Stunts
Keiji Tsujii .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Yoshimi Watabe .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Alex Coppedge .... teaser editor
 
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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Runtime:
128 min
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Trivia:
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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Hanshirô Tsugumo:They taste better with someone.See more »
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Unnecessary, but comes with a few slices of power, 27 December 2015
Author: adrongardner from USA

Let's get this out of the way.

Kobayashi's hard hitting "Harakiri" is a masterpiece. It's one of the great pieces of not only Japanese cinema, but also one of the best movies of the 20th century. While I'm disappointed the film was remade at all, and surprised it came from Miike, there are still good things to be found here. To my surprise, for the most part, this is a good movie and in very small quantities, there are some true moments of greatness. Even if they are very short.

A good deal of the original film's grit is lost for most of this go around. The cinematography is over-lit and the pacing falls into lulls. But survive to the end and you will be rewarded as the final irony is quite powerful. I mean, no spoilers from me, but even with the cheesy fake snow, I have to say, Ebizô Ichikawa's powerful presence won me over and he truly wins the day when the time calls for it.

I was never too crazy about all the Kurosawa remakes of the 60s and 70s. Fistful of Dollars always felt like a cheap knock-off, because it is. The Magnificent Seven was sort of a tolerable chuckle. Kurosawa's films were so human, almost populist, because of their themes, his work was ripe for remake, reboot or even plagiarism. Only Star Wars seemed to get the joke and succeed in being something different than a pure Hidden Fortress copy. Kobayashi's Harakiri seemed to escape the trend for so long because of the subject matter - even the title! But here we are. There is still something not right about this "remake," but MIike gets it right in the end, even if never needed to be done in the first place.

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