October 05, 2012

Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai (2011)

Directed by: Takashi Miike
Country: Japan

Plot: A tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai.
Review: Two years ago, Takashi Miike left the alternative approach to dedicate himself to samurai movies. After the stirring and ferocious "13 assassins" had been released in 2010, now arises "Hara-Kiri", an emotional and suffocating story which stands at the same level of the old time classics made popular by Akira Kurosawa or Masaki Kobayashi. The story, as many other times before, focuses on the tragic paths of the unemployed samurais in times of peace. Being heart-breaking and visually stunning, I can point it as one of the best Miike's works, carrying all the glory and honor of a samurai. 
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