“Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” is new 3D drametical 2012 movie. It is directed by Takashi Miike. It is written by Yasuhiko Takiguchi, Kikumi Yamagishi. Music is given by Ryuichi Sakamoto.Watch online Hara Kiri Death of A Samurai movie in Full HD/DVD/ipod/divX All Qualities are Here
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From visionary auteur Takashi Miike comes the story of a mysterious samurai who arrives at the doorstep of his feudal lord, requesting an honorable death by ritual suicide in his courtyard. The lord threatens him with the brutal tale of Motome, a desperate young ronin who made a similar request with ulterior motives, only to meet a grisly end. Undaunted, the samurai begins to tell a story of his own, with an ending no one could see coming. With stunning cinematography and gripping performances, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is a thrilling exploration of revenge, honor, and individuality in the face of oppressive power.
It tells the tale of an elder, poverty-stricken samurai who goes to his feudal lord’s home to commit an honorable suicide. Things take an unexpected turn when the fate of the samurai’s son-in-law is discovered. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai stars Koji Yakusho (13 Assassins), Eita (Azumi) and Hikari Mitsushima. The Tribeca film is available on VOD staring July 18th, with a 3D theatrical release in New York and LA starting July 20th. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for Miike’s Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai.
It is set in 17th-century Japan, and also the subject of a classic 1962 movie, also the subject of a classic 1962 movie by Masaki Kobayashi. A penniless samurai, Hanshiro, arrives at a feudal lord’s house and requests the only honourable end available to him: to commit seppuku in the courtyard. The household manager warns Hanshiro that a poor samurai called Motome had arrived there with the same plea only recently, but suspecting emotional blackmail from what they saw as a glorified beggar wanting cash to go away, the samurais there had called his “suicide bluff” and cruelly insisted he go through with it.
The film opens with Hanshiro (Ebizo Ichikawa), a penniless ronin, requesting an audience for his own ritual suicide in the ruling House of Ii. During this unprecedented time of peace, unemployed samurai boast the valor of wanting to die with honor by means of hara-kiri, but many are simply looking for the sympathies of the ruling clan and an easy payout. The retainer in charge (Koji Yakusho) assures Hanshiro that they do not take bluffs, and tells him a story about one such young man looking for a payout who became a brutal example. Hanshiro is not bluffing, yet his true motives are also not to slit open his own stomach. Hanshiro has an example of his own, and, through a story of his own, he unspools a plot of vengeance that the on looking samurai will see play out right before their eyes.
Miike is a director known for his madness, and he has made very few films that don’t tip the crazy scale at least once if not a half dozen times every minute. The fact that Harakiri is almost completely devoid of his signature is both impressive and disappointing. 13 Assassins and even Audition are both brilliant examples of the kind of control that Miike can wield as a director, but that doesn’t stop him from unleashing a stampede of dynamite armed bulls or slicing off appendages with piano wire. Harakiri has none of that, not even one spraying fountain of blood.
In one of the most grueling scenes of the film, I was ready for a predictable display of entrails or a visceral gush of bodily fluids, but it never happens. Harakiri, like the original, is a thinking man’s action movie, that, prior to seeing it, I would have said Miike wasn’t capable of. It is also a bitter irony for fans that one of Miike’s least eye-popping films has been shot in 3D. The most dimensions you get are in the title’s initial overlay over a painting. Perhaps this is where Miike’s playfulness is hidden–within contradicting the market’s must-use gimmick.
The story centers on an unemployed samurai (Ebizo Ichikawa) who sets out to exact revenge on the House of Ii after learning the fate of his son-in-law (Eita) in the house’s courtyard two months earlier. For those that have seen Kobayashi’s original, which is quite spectacular and available on Criterion Blu-ray, you might watch this trailer and see some beautiful visuals, but trust me when I say the heart of Kobayashi’s adaptation of Yasuhiko Takiguchi’s novel is nowhere to be found in Miike’s interpretation.
The story is revealed through extended flashbacks that depict Motome’s fall from grace and the connection he has with Hanshiro. Each scene is a vital piece of an increasingly twisty story that sharply explores the issue of honour in Japanese society. It also, of course, is a strikingly timely story of a world caught in economic troubles as people’s lives are ruined by unemployment and class inequality. And as we begin to understand exactly what’s at stake for both men, the film grabs hold of us.
Miike uses the 3D to give the sets an intriguing depth, never indulging in samurai-sword gimmickry, which is perhaps a little frustrating, especially as the glasses leave the film looking rather murky. But then, that’s rather appropriate for a story like this, which hinges on finely tuned performances from actors who hold the screen with their steely stillness and betray their characters’ feelings with the tiniest movements.
Seeking a noble end, poverty-stricken samurai Hanshiro requests to commit ritual suicide at the House of Ii, run by headstrong Kageyu. Trying to dismiss Hanshiro’s demand, Kageyu recounts the tragic story of a similar recent plea from young ronin Motome.
Hanshiro is shocked by the horrifying details of Motome’s fate, but remains true to his decision to die with honor. At the moment of the hara-kiri, Hanshiro makes a last request to be assisted by Kageyu’s samurai who are coincidentally absent. Suspicious and outraged, Kageyu demands an explanation. Hanshiro confesses his bond to Motome and tells the bittersweet tale of their lives… Kageyu will soon realise that Hanshiro has set in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against his house…
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Characters are playing roles as:
Kôji Yakusho is playing as Kageyu
Eitais playing as Motome
Hikari Mitsushimais playing as Miho
Ebizô Ichikawa is playing as Hanshirô Tsugumo