Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai [Blu-ray] [2011]

  • SKU: 7005255
  • Release Date: 01/22/2013
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Special Features

  • Geoffrey Gilmore, From Tribeca Film, Discusses Hara-Kiri, Presented By American Express


Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Japanese auteur Takashi Miike takes an uncharacteristically serious and somber approach to this moody period tale of honor and revenge. In the 17th century, Japan is enjoying an era of calm and tranquility, which is good news for most people but bad news for the samurai, the class of professional soldiers who now find themselves without jobs or a sense of purpose. Hanshiro (Ebizo Ichikawa) is a samurai who, with no money and no prospects, has arrived at the House of Ii, hoping to use its courtyard as a setting for the suicide ritual known as hara-kiri. However, the ruler of the House if Ii, Kageyu (Koji Yakusho), has been hearing similar requests often as of late, and he knows most of them are emotional blackmail, attempts to persuade the members of the house to give the samurai money. To show what he thinks of such shameless appeals, Kageyu tells Hanshiro the story of one such warrior, Motome (Eita), who had his bluff called and was forced to take his own life with a dull weapon made of bamboo. But Kageyu is unaware of the connection between Hanshiro and Motome, and he underestimates the impact this story will have on Hanshiro. Adapted from Masaki Kobayashi's celebrated 1962 feature Harakiri, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (aka Ichimei) was also one of the first 3-D features to debut at the Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ebizo Ichikawa
    Ebizo Ichikawa - Hanshiro
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    Eita - Motome
  • Hikari Mitsushima
    Hikari Mitsushima - Miho
  • Naoto Takenaka
    Naoto Takenaka - Tajiri
  • Munetaka Aoki
    Munetaka Aoki - Hikokuro Omodaka

Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brings a Classic up to date

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    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Often when updating classics, the remake can lose something. Not in this case. As a fan of the the original 1962 B&W release, I was not disappointed in this remake. Mr. Miike nailed it on the head. If you are a fan of the Samurai (Chanbara) genere, you won't go wrong.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent blend of dialogue and action

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This movie is definitely not for CGI, mindless action loving audiences. It is a slow movie, but very intense. Action is seamlessly blended with beautiful dialogue. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not your typical samurai movie...

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    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    The movie was very dramatic. I was expecting a little more sword play/action, but it turned out to be a little more serious. It's still worth watching. The plot was good but a little depressing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Get the first one

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This movie is a remake. You would do better watching the first one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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