Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei) Synopsis
A samurai hears the tale of a comrade's ritual suicide in a feudal lord's courtyard.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Takashi's film is sumptuous, with rich cinematography, costumes and set design. Half the time it is a game of chess - the battle of wits...
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80

The Guardian

By Peter Bradshaw
The endlessly prolific Takashi Miike returns with this superbly acted revenger's tragedy.
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80

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
What most distinguishes the redo is the often remarkable use of 3-D: Miike turns the format's inherent limitations, especially the tendency...
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Deftly weaving double plotlines, gorgeous camera work, and deep compassion, Miike contrasts ritualistic "honor" with the truly honorable,...
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75

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
It's superb filmmaking, uncluttered and utterly assured. Miike places us in the household of Li, offering up rich, deep colors, with an...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
A 3-D epic that, despite its title, is more of a soap opera than a swordplay thriller.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Reveals yet another facet of this always-unpredictable filmmaker: a flair for compassionate, humane melodrama.
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70

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Hara-Kiri is formal, deliberate, leisurely almost to a fault. It features the sort of slow-gliding camera movements favored by Kenji...
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60

Empire

If Miike's re-tune of Masaki Kobayashi's bleak samurai tale is a surprisingly subdued affair, aficionados will still find enough...
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50

Slant Magazine

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Takashi Miike lets his familiar tastelessness get the better of him, relishing the grisly seppuku-by-bamboo in unnecessary detail.
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By chiriacvalentin
Hard, heavy drama. A lot of substance. A movie that after you see, you look different to the world. Thick also....