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Hara-Kiri Death of a Samurai


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NOTE: Strong themes and violence

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"A different kind of Samurai movie."
5 stars"
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I really like this movie. Its different from the usual Samurai movie in that its more about the story than just a bunch of fight scenes. Its a tragic story about a samurai who becomes a poor Ronin, and his family. I won't give the story away, but I thought it was excellent. Here's a teaser; notice that his sword appears to be funny color- That's because its made of wood. You'll have to see the film to find out why. Finally, when the fighting does happen, he says its not about killing but honor. Very interesting story, that reveals the class differences in medieval Japan.

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"Is it for honour or revenge"
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A samurai who lives in poverty seeks a noble end. Before he can be accepted to commit ritual suicide at the House of Li he is told a tragic story of another samurai's ignoble death. Now a showdown looms for honour or vevenge.

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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is a 2011 Japanese drama film.

From legendary film-maker Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition) comes a classic tale of love, honour and revenge amidst the fall of the Samurai in 17th Century Japan. Seeking a noble end, poverty-stricken Samurai Hanshiro requests to commit ritual suicide at the House of Li, run by headstrong Kageyu. But after being told a tragic story of another Samurai's agonizing suicide, that of Hanshiro's close friend Motome, Hanshiro sets in a motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of this feudal lord.



Nominated: Cannes Film Festival, Pale d'Or(2011) – Takashi Miike
Nominated: Asian Film Award(2012) – Best Composer, Ryûichi Sakamoto


“Miike salutes golden-age Japanese cinema the right way—by respecting its heart and celebrating its iconic dazzle. In fact, his detour away from the hyperactive gore and genre excess that made him famous, by way of this deep-dish morality tale, feels positively heroic.” – Village Voice

“A formally elegant, dramatically faithful retelling of Masaki Kobayashi’s 1962 b­lack-and-white classic “Harakiri,” …Miike’s mournful variation on traditional samurai-movie themes of honor, sacrifice and retribution offers its own rewards, and his latest tip of the hat to Japanese pics of yesteryear should find an appreciative arthouse niche…” – Variety

Release date Australia
August 1st, 2013
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Length (Minutes)
Aspect Ratio
  • 2.35 : 1
Supported Audio
  • Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Country of Production
  • Japan
  • Drama
Movie Format
  • DVD
DVD Region
  • Region 4
  • Standard Edition
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