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Ichimei (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 July 2012 (USA)
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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.

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Takashi Miike

Writers:

Kikumi Yamagishi (screenplay), Yasuhiko Takiguchi (novel)
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Cast overview:
Kôji Yakusho ... Kageyu
Munetaka Aoki Munetaka Aoki ... Hikokuro Omodaka
Naoto Takenaka ... Tajiri
Hikari Mitsushima ... Miho
Eita ... Motome Chijiiwa
Ebizô Ichikawa ... Hanshirô Tsugumo
Hirofumi Arai ... Hayatonosho Matsuzaki
Kazuki Namioka Kazuki Namioka ... Umanosuke Kawabe
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano ... Sousuke
Ayumu Saitô Ayumu Saitô
Goro Daimon Goro Daimon ... Priest
Takehiro Hira ... Naotaka Ii
Baijaku Nakamura Baijaku Nakamura ... Jinnai Chijiiwa
Yoshihisa Amano Yoshihisa Amano ... Sasaki
Ippei Takahashi Ippei Takahashi
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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.

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Japan | UK

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

20 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,920, 22 July 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,201, 2 September 2012
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Dolby Digital

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Color | Color (3D Stereoscopic)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This film is a remake of Harakiri (1962), one of the great classic samurai films. Harakiri, also known as seppuku, is a ritual suicide procedure used by samurai to attain an honourable and "magnificent" death. See more »

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Motome Chijiiwa: A husband must provide for his wife and child.
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Masterpiece. Sensitive and Poetic. May be Best Japanese Film since Two Decades.
23 May 2012 | by sriram_mSee all my reviews

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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