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Hara-Kiri : Death of a Samurai [DVD]

Kji Yakusho , Hikari Mitsushima , Takashi Miike    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kji Yakusho, Hikari Mitsushima, Naoto Takenaka
  • Directors: Takashi Miike
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2012
  • Run Time: 128 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00629MVKA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,189 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From legendary filmmaker Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition, Ichi the Killer) comes a classic tale of 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 a Feudal Lord. But after being told the tragic story of another Samurai s agonizing suicide, that of Hanshiro s close friend Motome, Hanshiro sets out on a path of vengeance. A violent path that will lead to a tense and bloody showdown with those responsible for his friend's brutal death.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bushido brilliant 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dishonourable Discharge! 14 April 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Understated dignity 17 Feb 2013
By justme
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The story is of a poor young man, who, in trying to get money to pay for medicine for his desperately ill baby, become the subject of the cruelty and sport of the privileged. He suffers a terrible death and, without him, both his wife and child also perish. The young man, and his father-in-law are lowly remnants of the Samurai class, and the father-in-law undertakes to avenge the deaths of the little family. He succeeds, but in doing so sacrifices his own life. As you would expect from Takashi Miike, this a gloriously understated and powerful film, a song to the dignity and honour of the Samurai.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie 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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5.0 out of 5 stars slow-burn samurai story, more drama than action 25 Jan 2013
By Josh
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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 climatctic 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy. Great Story. Great Film. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Hara-Kiri 30 Dec 2012
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This film came as a complete surprise to me and a very great one as well. The film is telling the story of two Samurai, a father and his step son. It is a well told tragedy and a real sad tale.I would recommend this film to any one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A total Miike Takashi style 20 Oct 2012
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I am an absolute fan of Miike Takashi so you can said that I am a little biased to all the films he made. When I heard that this movie is coming out in DVD, I immediately made the preorder. I love all his movies and if you are his fan as well, I suggested that you get this disc right away. If you have watched the old version before, this is no much of the difference with the old version but this one is more straight to the point instead of the dramatic version of the previous one. Well, you can never compare a masterpiece with the remake. If the previous one is a masterpiece, you can never expect a masterpiece to be born again through this simple remake. Stop expecting and start enjoying. This is Miike Takashi that brought you Audition and 13 Assassins. Not the director that was nominated for the movie 'Kwaidan' in 1965. Besides that, always keep in your mind that Miike Takashi is a CULT director.
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Published 3 months ago by kevin roche
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
A very moving tale of the decline of the samurai and the hardships of the time.
Was delivered promptly, well packaged and in Excellent condition
Published 7 months ago by J Bryden
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty neat and gripping film about a samurai's honour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars hara kiri
this is a very good story But be warned the sequence where the guy commits suicide with a wooden sword made me squirm
Published 10 months ago by T. Calladine
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected gem
If you read the adverts and see it is by the director of 13 Assassins and therefore assume it is chock full of slicing and dicing, stop right now. Read more
Published 13 months ago by The Pez
2.0 out of 5 stars woefully depressing
Not really sure what i can actually say about this movie! Think takeshi mike should stay in his castle and never show face again if this is anything to go by!!..... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Hara-Kiri 1964 vs. 2012
Kobayashi's release of this movie (U.S.) August 4, 1964 is a classic. The only reasons Miike would release this is (1) he thought his vision could entertain or (2) he did it for... Read more
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