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  1. David Sindmark Hörnfeldt's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    This movie is dark. I don't mean in a moral sense, but that you can't see the movie for itself for about half of it. I find it with Miike that he makes kind of empty spectacle movies, that's nontheless very stylishly made. That's true of this one as well. It has two stand-out moments, bamboo blade scene and the final action scene. But it never builds emotion despite an effective story.

  2. Il secondo maestro del revolver's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

  3. Mark O. Stack's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    The titular death is brutal cinema but after that the movie turns into an endurance test glacially racing towards a foregone conclusion that is at least enlivened by a fantastic action sequence.

  4. Rose Sco's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    "Mad, am I? I was just living my life, waiting for spring." Tragic hero melodrama (melodrama for miles!), gorgeous sound, gorgeous silence.

  5. Egoisms's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    This film is not a masterpiece. Nevertheless it deserves 5 stars. The coda is damning. The end battle is tragic. The tragic denouement--death, death, death--is heart-rending despite it being the weakest element of the film. The opening suicide is truly difficult to watch. The film is beautiful to look at from first to last. The music perfectly complements every scene. An incredible, moving, masterful film.

  6. Jeremiah Johnson's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

  7. mpho3's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    "May well be Miike’s best film, a patient, ominous piece of epic storytelling that conscientiously rips the scabs off the honorable samurai mythology. Filthy with moments of grace, from rain that slowly turns to snowfall to the climactic, torrential one-against-many anti-battle, Miike salutes golden-age Japanese cinema by respecting its heart and celebrating its iconic dazzle." - Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

  8. Rocketeam's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    Conscientiously rips the scabs off the traditional concept of honor amongst samurai.

  9. yoan's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    Tragedinya hat-trick, sodara-sodara!

  10. Tigrão's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    Unexpectedly slow and hypnotic, Hara-Kiri is nonetheless a fascinating journey, with a director in absolute control of his craft. The script is beautifully layered to bring you a Rashomon-like twist on the otherwise stereotypical "Revenge movie" formula. It's also deeply human, as Miike seems to question the foundations of his country's cult of honor. Superb.

  11. Rachel Estle's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

  12. Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    Cult director Takashi Miike turns into samurai movies for our satisfaction. My review: http://www.alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.pt/2012/10/hara-kiri-death-of-samurai-2011.html

  13. abhoang's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    Why does this need to be remade!?!?

  14. msmichel's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    FNC '11 Very restrained and thoughful remake by Miike. Perhaps the days of insane bloodlust and sexuality are behind him as he now seems to split his time between kids pics and samurai films. Film is very well paced and the story well told with the violence being necessary in its small bursts. Film definately doesn't benefit from use of 3-D however.

  15. Ben Parker's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/culture/2012/07/6251499/takashi-miikes-remake-hara-kiri-falls-flat-even-3d

  16. Berjuan's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    There was no reason in hell to remake this film except if it was remade by Miike. Having said that, if this sucks I will find Miike and cut off his balls.

  17. Nelson's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    This is a cheap remake of a masterpiece of the japanese cinema from 1962, "Harakiri" by Masaki Kobayashi. Please know it.

  18. Florence's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    well that's a film with pathos, the difference between these wonderful aesthetic and auratic pictures and the brutality on the other side is big, but it's worth it.

  19. flobota's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    After 13 Assasins, this is probably the last thing you imagine from Miike and a Samurai flic. A very quiet film with an excellent main cast.

  20. AKFilmFan's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    Not quite the perfection of Kobayashi's original, Miike's contemplative flip-side to his chaotic 13 Assassins is a different film that changes & homages the original. This change which is a callback to Ozu in it's melodrama causes the film to become uneven in tones, visuals, and violence and become more of a companion piece to the classic 1962 film.

  21. Mark Garrett's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    Brutal. The elongated scene of Motome's suicide is a synecdoche. The larger, longer torture session is of the death of his son. It's all a twisting blade, showing us a half hour story that's "pitiable" and then slowly building on that event. That's humanism at work.

  22. willythesalesman's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    I admire the anticipation the movie builds up, but the second half was rather too sentimental than revelatory. Still worth watching for just how great it looks and some of the virtuoso set ups.

  23. SP's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    Some great moments. Really powerful.

  24. Tyler Aikens's rating of the film Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai

    Beautifully shot. It is a gorgeous film to behold, which is a Miike staple, but the story itself feels like it could have been a b-side to Yoji Yamada's samurai trilogy (and that's a good thing).

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