Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Director: Takashi Miike

Starring: Ebizo Ichikawa, Eita, Hikari Mitsushima, Naoto Takenaka, Munetaka Aoki

Another remake this time of Masaki Kobayashi's great, classic Harakiri (1962) the movie is shot in colour and 3D. Miike’s new version is less violent and tells the story of Hanshiro Tsugumo (Ebizo Ichikawa) a poor 17th century samurai who asks a feudal lord, Kageyu (Koji Yakusho), if he can use the courtyard to perform a ritual suicide (the hara-kiri of the title). Hanshiro is suspicious he may be a malingerer and recalls, in flashback, a previous similar experience with a wayward samurai, Motome (Eita). Through flashback, the director reveals a surprising connection between the two ronin. A slow moving movie skillfully put together but no real match to the original black and white film.

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