Your Company

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai(一命)

✭ ✭ ✭ ✭   Read critic reviews

Japan, United Kingdom · 2011
2h 6m
Director Takashi Miike
Starring Koji Yakusho, Naoto Takenaka, Eita, Hikari Mitsushima
Genre Drama

In 1635, Hanshiro Tsugumo’s clan has drastically declined in status, and he has requested permission to perform seppuku. When the poverty-stricken samurai discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, it sets in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

Stream Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

What are people saying?

What are critics saying?


Slant Magazine by

Takashi Miike lets his familiar tastelessness get the better of him, relishing the grisly seppuku-by-bamboo in unnecessary detail.


The New York Times by A.O. Scott

More moving than shocking, it proceeds slowly and gracefully, and the few scenes of bloodshed are emotionally intense rather than showily sensational.


New York Daily News by Elizabeth Weitzman

Deftly weaving double plotlines, gorgeous camera work, and deep compassion, Miike contrasts ritualistic "honor" with the truly honorable, as poor but noble squires face off against powerful lords cushioned by tradition and pride.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

With its lethargic pace, Hara Kiri may disappoint more often than it delights, but the payoff is extreme in more ways than one.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

What most distinguishes the redo is the often remarkable use of 3-D: Miike turns the format's inherent limitations, especially the tendency toward visual murkiness, to his advantage, fully immersing us in a world suffused with moral and ethical rot.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is more than just another bid for respectability, like "13 Assassins" -it may well be Miike's best film, a patient, ominous piece of epic storytelling that conscientiously rips the scabs off the honorable samurai mythology.


Total Film by Paul Bradshaw

The 3D is completely redundant and the action sporadic but unexpected gearshifts provide plenty of narrative meat.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

Arriving on the heels of "13 Assassins," Miike's gloriously irreverent take on the samurai action genre, Hara-Kiri seems conventional by his standards, especially in a long middle section that occasionally dips into sentimentality.

Users who liked this film also liked