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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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Compared to the original this film is shallow and meaningless 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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Color | Color (3D Stereoscopic)
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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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16 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Compared to the original this film is shallow and meaningless, 12 August 2012
Author: JoshuaDysart from United States

Compared to the original 1962 Masaki Kobayashi film this movie is shallow and meaningless. But even taken on its own merits it's still pretty flawed.

An extremely powerful first act gives way to a ponderous middle, where the Ryuichi Sakamoto score over-dresses dreary long-winded sequences. Then it all culminates in a last act that is exciting both visually and intellectually... but completely unearned.

Miike has rarely been able to close in on a theme in his work with much accuracy (the two big differences that come to mind are Audition and Visitor Q, respectively being powerful explorations of misogyny in Japanese society and the collapse of the Japanese family), but when his films are crazed and breezy and fun that's rarely a criticism worth voicing. This time the subject matter demands something more and whatever Miike has to say about the Ruling Class or misplaced tradition or the role of the noble and ethical warrior in a time of peace comes out hopelessly convoluted.

Also, the 3D sucks and gives nothing to the experience except for muddling some gorgeous images with that dark uninspired light that those stupid glasses impose on even the best shot 3D films.

So what's good about it? Well, the projected lighting issues aside, it's a beautiful looking movie. Miike always knows where to place his camera, is never afraid of silence (sabotaged repeatedly by the uninspired score) and the movie has a wonderful seasons motif. Some of the acting is wonderful to watch and when it's being a powerful act of filmmaking, it's mighty powerful.

But here Miike doesn't quite have the right touch. And the lack of dedication to a deeper exploration of theme made the film seem little more than a sequence of events with little cohesion.

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