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Film Review: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011). Directed by Takashi Miike, and a remake of Harakiri (1962). Set in 17th century Japan, the film starts with a ronin (Ichikawa Ebizō XI) that has fallen on hard times asking to commit harakiri on the ground of a clan, rather than a less honourable place. As a warning, the clan counsellor tells the story of another similar ronin, that had also fallen on hard times, that came some months prior with a suicide bluff. That is he had hoped his suggestion of suicide would gain him money, and he would be sent on his way. I thought Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai was an incredible film. It is a classic and moving story of love, death, and vengeance. The story is backed up by incredible performances from all concerned, gorgeous but simple set design, and an unintrusive soundtrack. For those who can stomach a difficult and tragic story, and don't mind the subtitles, it's a must see. 5/5 (Excellent)
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