Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai

2012, Movie, 126 mins

At one crucial moment during the climax of Takashi Miike’s Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, the character Hanshiro Tsugamo (masterfully played by Ebizo Ichikowa), sits before the entire House of Li after requesting to commit ritual suicide in their courtyard, and offers the following commentary on the tragic fate of his surrogate son, Motome (Eita):

“The life of a samurai depends entirely on twists of fate, leading to glory or tragedy.”

Of course anyone who happens to have seen the 1962 Masaki Kobayashi film that Miike’s remake is based on (or just about any Miike movie, for that matter), can guess with a certain sense of confidence where the twist...

Released: 2012 Rated: n/a Length: 126 mins

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