Sunday, August 11, 2013

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011) Japan

Once upon a time in Japan, a small samurai family lived happily till...


Original title:
Ichimei (Japanese)

"Love, honour, revenge"
"Vengeance & honour collide"

Those who are familiar with Japanese movies will be well heard the name Takashi Miike or you might have seen blockbuster '13 assassins' which was from him. I love Takashi's works, he's the busiest filmmaker in the world who makes 3-4 movies a year. To follow and accomplish his filmography you have to be his die hard fan, it's a long list.

Takashi returns to the samurai world after the success of '13 assassins'. This movie was a remake of 1962 'Harakiri' which was also a massive hit movie. I have not seen the original but this movie blown me away. As usual the story opens slow and hard to identify the situation of the story but at the right middle of the movie the flashback strikes with awesome drama about poverty and family sentiment. Once the flashback was told you will easily say where the movie is heading. The story was classic and the movie was presented with rich cinematography. The first digital 3D movie for Takashi Miike as well the first 3D movie to premier at 2011 Cannes film festival.

You have to learn a word to understand the movie completely. 'Seppuku' - which means ritual suicide committed by a samurai. So that is why it's called 'Hara-kiri: death of a samurai'. You must have patience during opening sequences, without character and story development you will be in a tough position to understand about what's going on. While the story and character progress with the development you will start to get and you may fall for the emotion parts if you are a tenderhearted. And also you will be uncomfortable during 'Death of a Samurai' scene.

Takashi Miike's career best, this is what already everyone saying about it. But Its to hard to say which was his best, I like many of his works. I might be overwhelmed by the watch but will be happy to recommend it to others. I was very little unhappy for the ending scene otherwise I could have said it is the best of Takashi's work.

I am so curious about Takashi Miike's upcoming and Hollywood debutante project 'The outside' with Tom Hardy. Expecting it would be another 'The last samurai', I wish a good luck to the team.

Similar movies:
13 Assassins, Rurouni kenshin, Ichi the killer

Suitable for:
Tween, Teen, Adult, All

Final verdict:
Ignore, Bad, Average, Good, Excellent

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011) on IMDb

  • Tween: From age between 7 to 12
  • Teen: From age between 13 to 19
  • Adult: From age above 20
  • Ignore: Not worth watching
  • Bad: Not good but watchable
  • Average: 50-50, choice is always yours
  • Good: great certainly not masterpiece
  • Excellent: A must see, Masterpiece

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