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  • Actors: Koji Yakusho, Hikari Mitsushima, Naoto Takenaka, Eita, Kazuki Namioka
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Producers: Toshiaki Nakazawa, Jeremy Thomas
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2014
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IYIGZOK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,816 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Maverick Japanese director Miike Takashi directs this period samurai film, a remake of Kobayashi Masaki's 1962 classic 'Hara-Kiri'. In 17th century Japan, a samurai called Hanshiro (Ichikawa Ebizô) turns up at the Li household to request permission to commit ritual suicide after falling into shameful poverty. Suspicious of Hanshiro's motives, Li boss Kageyu (Yakusho Koji) tries to dissuade him from his path by telling him of the horrific fate of the last ronin to have made this request, a young man called Motome (Eita). Hanshiro appears undeterred, but as his own story unfolds in flashback it becomes clear that his true motives are very different from those he first declared.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By ROGER C on 1 July 2012
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I loved 13 Assassins for its powerful insight into the way of the Samurai, forsaking everything for the creed of the warrior. So when Hara-Kiri came out I was eager to see how Takashi Miike would follow up such a class act. Well the critics said it was dark and oh boy were they right! Fed up with being conned for money by paying off suicide posers, the ruling class make an example of one such impoverished Samurai only to reap the whirlwind when his friend comes along with a similar request. Sharply focussed and leaving nothing unobserved this tale of honour and revenge spirals to the inevitable bloody showdown. Not for the fainthearted, with scenes best viewed between the fingers, this is yet another stunning testament to the unbending way of Bushido and the unique genius of a great film-maker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caligula II. on 6 Feb. 2015
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REVIEWED VERSION: 2012 Revolver Entertainment UK DVD (2D version) (Region 2)

Director: Takashi Miike

Cast: Kôji Yakusho, Munetaka Aoki, Naoto Takenaka, Hikari Mitsushima, Ebizô Ichikawa, Kazuki Namioka, Takashi Sasano, Takehiro Hira, Eita

Production: Japan / UK 2011

SYNOPSIS

Motome (Eita), a ronin (masterless samurai) living in poverty seeks out a Feudal Lord Saitou Kageyu (Kôji Yakusho) with an unusal request: he wishes to use the lord's courtyard to commit seppuku (honorable ritual suicide). However, Motome does not desire to die. Instead he hopes that the lord will send him away with some ryo (Japanese currency at the time). Unfortunately the lord is tired of this form of "begging" and forces Motome to follow through - even when he sees that Motome only possesses a wooden sword imitation.
A couple of days later, another samurai (Ebizo Ichikawa) appears at Kageyu's door also wishing to commit seppuku in his courtyard. Little does Kageyu know of his connection to Motome and his plans...

THE PROS & CONS

Already the title sequence makes one thing clear from the start with the somber, melancholic score: this is not a typical samurai film we are being presented.
Anyone expecting an action-packed, more "traditional" samurai tale in the style of the Lone Wolf & Cub movie series will probably be disappointed: HARA-KIRI is story-driven and features very few scenes of action - it's a drama, not an action film, something to keep in mind. It tells a non-glamorous story of a samurai's life in poverty, one many of us might not be used to seeing.
I like most of Takashi Miike's work, as I really like his style and story-telling.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Arch Stanton on 14 April 2013
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A respected house get fed up of samurai calling round every five minutes trying to blag them out of cash. Claiming they're hard done by and are gonna have to commit suicide if turned away. Then one day, they make an example of a young samurai after he knocks on their door with another story of woe, resulting in him committing suicide (rather nastily) in their courtyard.. But with the arrival of a stranger shortly after~ward we learn of the true story behind the young samurai's predicament..
As you probably guessed, this isn't exactly a heart~warming and fun tale of fate, honour and vengeance for all the family, coming from the barrel of director Miike, but it is however nicely shot, well filmed and suitably downbeat.
I thoroughly enjoyed 13 Assassins, but those of you expecting a similar film should read a few more reviews, coz this is hardly action packed, heroic bloodshed! It's much more of a character drama set in 17th century Japan. I was aware that this was a remake, however I don't believe I've ever seen the original, so cannot comment on whether this is better or not. Usually not, as far as remakes are concerned. Personally I preferred 13 Assassins and its theme of 'a few stood against many' and its visceral violence but that's just my uncultured side coming out, again!
Picture good on the dvd, which is what you'd expect from a new film. Extras none on the dvd, which is what you'd expect from a new film just bought for a £1.
3.5/5 stars rounded up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josh on 25 Jan. 2013
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This morality tale, that leaves us thinking about its lessons, is a classy tale of poverty, love, honour, cruelty and revenge set in fudal Japan. The costumes and scenery are faithful to the period, the acting is very good, there is not much action (but there are some moments of acutely distressing suicide, japanese style), until a climactic fight in the closing scenes.
This director is maturing nicely, with his last two films approaching the brilliance of Akira Kurasowa's films of fudal Japan. I look forward to more from him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Thomas on 17 Feb. 2013
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A lot of people think that Samurai Films are all about the killing and fighting. No, they are Japanese period dramas and that's what this is. A compelling story of a man and his family.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moses abraham on 12 Jan. 2013
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Hara-Kiri : Death of a Samurai is a sad and hart felt story that can only be told by Japanese writers and Japanese actors. It's not all fighting and karate it's a story of soul.
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Wasn`t expecting a film like this, so was pleasently surprised by the film a bit slow at some times don`t expect a action film although there is some good action at the end.
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