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HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI (2011)

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HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI (2011)

Friday, 19 July 2013 12:00

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The Buzz:

        A samurai arrives at the home of a feudal lord, asking that he use their courtyard to commit ritual suicide. However all is not as it seems, as the ronin's true purpose is revealed in this tale of honor and vengeance.

 

Life of the Party:

        Hara-Kiri is NOT an action film, or even a tense thriller, so despite what the movie description says, what the cover art makes you think about this film, and the fact that it says on the cover that this is the same guy who directed 13 Assassins (another fantastic film); get those notions out of your head right now.

        Now that being said, what Hara-Kiri is, is a incredibly well done drama. While I'm sure I've seen many of these actors before, I'm just not very knowledgeable of Japanese cinema, so I cannot speak to these actors' performances compared to other works. But even then I can say that even through the subtitles I took in so much raw emotion over the course of this film. The apparently hardly educated masses of the Internet would probably describe this film as "ALL OF THE FEELS!," and there's good reason why. This is NOT a feel-good drama; there is no happy ending. BUT I promise you that if you are a fan of excellent drama, acting, and story, then Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is most definitely for you.

 

Potential Hangovers:

        For me, I imagine that most non-Japanese-speaking viewers will have the same problem: subtitles. They're unavoidable in this situation, and not everyone likes them. All I can say for you is that you should know that going in, and goddamnit stop being so damn nit-picky. You want foreign cinema (we highly recommend foreign films here at Tanked Matinee), you have to deal with subtitles (or INCREDIBLY bad dubs, which can be fun for certain films, but certainly not one like this).

        Also the film is pretty darn slow. It's a touch over two hours long, and you'll feel it by the end. The final climax at the end of the film makes it all worth it (in my opinion), but this is certainly not a film you bring over a large group of friends for.

 

The Vibe: Solo Experience, Deep Thoughts

        Hara-Kiri is best enjoyed in a quiet setting where you can pay attention to the dialogue and what's happening on screen, perhaps while calmly sipping on a nice beverage of choice. This is not a drinking-movie like many of the films we review here on this site; rather this is a film you watch as something of real quality that you can really think about. So if you've got a quiet evening to yourself and want to watch something quite different from what we normally get here in the States, then I highly recommend Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ A great story that's excellently told

+ Great acting

- Slow

- Subtitles (though hopefully you don't actually care about that)

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