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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Hara Kiri
  • 2011
  • 126 min
  • Directed by: Takashi Miike
  • Cast: Kôji Yakusho, Naoto Takenaka, Hikari Mitsushima
  • UK release: 4 May 2012

17th century Japan: when Tsugumo (Ichikawa) arrives at the House of Li and requests permission to commit ritual suicide within the grounds, a story of honour and vengeance begins. Miike directs with restraint and the result can be heavy-footed, but as long as you aren't expecting carnage, the quiet intensity pays off.

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

4 May 20123 stars

A quietly dignified film about 17th century honour and vengeance from Japanese director Takashi Miik

The rigorously restrained Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike’s follow-up to the exhilarating 13 Assassins. A companion piece, rather than a direct descendant, it’s a story of 17th century honour and vengeance which…

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