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on 11 December 2015
Top movie well worth the price as well as the 2 hours of my time to watch. Excellent movie excellent buy.
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on 9 January 2013
Harakiri is Harakiri is Harakiri, so it will always have power as a Jidaigeki movie. The problem is the best scenes were removed from Kobayashi's 1962 classic, whether that is the break in the Hanshiro's story, the stunning imagery of the fight sequence in the cemetery or the ending which had power in its swiftness. In their place, Miike's take feels stage-y, a costly decision. His inclusion of `the egg scene' and an over-elaborated ending do nothing but dilute the impact of this heart-breaking tale. Even its lead actor Kôji Yakusho feels like he is replicating Tatsuya Nakadai a little too closely and the young actor playing Motome is poor at best. All in all it begs the question, why remake the film if you're going to stick too closely to the source material only deviating in the most redundant of ways? Yet despite this it still manages to outdo 70% of Miike's output merely on the strength of the source material it is depicting.
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on 28 March 2012
Takashi Miike seems to have taken a corner in his career. All the essences that have made his film great-photography, music, casting-are still here, but with a more poignant storyline than say, Ichi the Killer. The story is drenched in tragedy, but all elements combined, is a beautiful tale of love, loss and sacrifice.
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on 2 December 2012
I loved this movie because it shows the reality of Samurai life in a time when their particular skills are no longer required as peace reigns. Imagine being a highly paid footballer and suddenly a world war breaks out and everyone is conscripted to fight, including you and BOOM!! there goes your luxurious lifestyle. But you know what i mean. Although the movie is beautifully shot, has a heart wrenching story and a great lesson in the end, i can't say that i wasn't disappointed by the lack of chopped limbs and fast Katana drawing action.

However, the movie is not meant to be about that but i just want to warn the people out there who love blood and guts, there is hardly any of that in it although there are some scenes that will make you squirm if you are squeamish.
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on 28 June 2012
a brilliant movie about the clash of samurai ideals with reality, shot in a very traditional style; no mockery whatsoever
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on 16 June 2016
Great movie supplied in great condition - many thanks!
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on 22 February 2016
Very hard to get into last twenty minutes the best :
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on 13 September 2014
Very slow but it is a good film as I expected
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on 8 December 2011
The stunning follow-up to 13 ASSASSINS, HARA KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI

Think only Kurosawa made great samurai movies?

Think again: his peer Masaki Kobayashi disembowels jidai-geki culture with as sharp a blade as the genre's sensei ever wielded.

In 17th-Century Japan, a poor R'nin (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at court, seeking help with the titular suicide.

It turns out he's not the first to ask, a revelation that primes the flashbacks of Kobayashi's narrative man-trap.

Poised between satire and tragedy, it's a film of striking widescreen compositions and prowling tracking shots, beautifully rendered in Blu. Simply incredible - highly recommended.
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on 24 March 2013
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. If it is blood you want do not buy this film. If however, it is pathos, piognancy and brilliant acting then go right ahead.

A wonderfully moving story of a Samurai at the end of the Shogun era, uneployed, widowed and with children to support it takes you on an emotional journey that rightly questions the value of humanity over honour. Seeing the lead character fend off a crowd of Samurai with nothing more than a bamboo sword is the epic battle, however that is only ten minutes worth at the end. Leading up to that point is an emtoinal tale told in retrospect.

Beautifully filmed it is a minor masterpiece.
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