Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Director: Takashi Miike Cast: Ebizo Ichikawa, Eita, Hikari Mitsushima

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Japanese auteur Takashi Miike takes an uncharacteristically serious and somber approach to this moody period tale of honor and revenge. In the 17th century, Japan is enjoying an era of calm and tranquility, which is good news for most people but bad news for the samurai, the class of professional soldiers who now find themselves without jobs or a sense of purpose. Hanshiro (Ebizo Ichikawa) is a samurai who, with no money and no prospects, has arrived at the House of Ii, hoping to use its courtyard as a setting for the suicide ritual known as hara-kiri. However, the ruler of the House if Ii, Kageyu (Koji Yakusho), has been hearing similar requests often as of late, and he knows most of them are emotional blackmail, attempts to persuade the members of the house to give the samurai money. To show what he thinks of such shameless appeals, Kageyu tells Hanshiro the story of one such warrior, Motome (Eita), who had his bluff called and was forced to take his own life with a dull weapon made of bamboo. But Kageyu is unaware of the connection between Hanshiro and Motome, and he underestimates the impact this story will have on Hanshiro. Adapted from Masaki Kobayashi's celebrated 1962 feature Harakiri, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (aka Ichimei) was also one of the first 3-D features to debut at the Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/22/2013
UPC: 0767685280812
Original Release: 2011
Rating: NR
Source: New Video Group
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Time: 2:06:00
Sales rank: 45,281

Special Features

Geoffrey Gilmore, From Tribeca Film, Discusses Hara-Kiri, Presented By American Express

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ebizo Ichikawa Hanshiro
Eita Motome
Hikari Mitsushima Miho
Naoto Takenaka Tajiri
Munetaka Aoki Hikokuro Omodaka
Takashi Sasano Priest
Baijaku Nakamura Jinnai Chijiiwa
Koji Yakusho Kageyu

Technical Credits
Takashi Miike Director
Tetsuya Fujimura Associate Producer
Yuji Hayashida Art Director
Nobuyasu Kita Cinematographer
Noriko Koyanagi Co-producer
Kazuko Kurosawa Costumes/Costume Designer
Shigeji Maeda Producer
Toshiaki Nakazawa Producer
Koji Omura Makeup
Olm Rakueisha Co-producer
Ryuichi Sakamoto Score Composer
Misako Saka Producer
Jeremy Thomas Producer
Kikumi Yamagishi Screenwriter
Kenji Yamashita Editor
Shinya Zenda Production Manager

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
1. Another One [9:22]
2. The First Ronin [9:16]
3. Last Requests [13:59]
4. The Missing Samurai [7:10]
5. The Fall Of Hiroshima Castle [7:02]
6. Single Parent [9:57]
7. Motome And Miho [8:44]
8. Poverty And Sickness [9:54]
9. Desperation [11:03]
10. Death [12:47]
11. Battle [16:24]
12. A Warrior's Honor [12:11]

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Tomodachi More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional remake of a Mifune movie. Cinematogrpahy has greatly imporved since the original and Miike uses such masterfully to create a visually stunning portrait awash with brilliant color however, never garish. The actiing is capitvating, like a ballet that draws the viewer in as it moves smoothly through this tragic tale of the era. If you are looking for a typical samuria, sword and slash movie, lacking in plot then you will be disappointed. There is action in the final scene / chapters however, it is the story itself that is the movie. This film is a delight to the eye and a joy to the heart that out shines the original. It is hoped that you will enjoy it as much as this one did.