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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

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Original title
Ichimei (Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai)aka
  • Harakiri/Seppuku
Running time
126 min.
Japan Japan
Kikumi Yamagishi (Novel: Yasuhiko Takiguchi)
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Nobuyasu Kita
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Recorded Picture Company (RPC) / Sedic / Shochiku Kinema Kenkyû-jo / Amuse Soft Entertainment / Asahi Shimbun / Dentsu / Kodansha / Yamanashi Nichinichi Shimbun / Yamanashi Broadcasting System / Yahoo Japan / Oriental Light and Magic (OLM)
Drama | 17th Century. Feudal Japan. Samurai. Remake. 3D
Synopsis / Plot
Seeking a noble end, poverty-stricken samurai Hanshiro requests to commit ritual suicide at the House of Ii, run by headstrong Kageyu. Trying to dismiss Hanshiro's demand, Kageyu recounts the tragic story of a similar recent plea from young ronin Motome. Hanshiro is shocked by the horrifying details of Motome's fate, but remains true to his decision to die with honor. At the moment of the hara-kiri, Hanshiro makes a last request to be assisted by Kageyu’s samurai, who are coincidentally absent. Suspicious and outraged, Kageyu demands an explanation. Hanshiro confesses his bond to Motome, and tells the bittersweet tale of their lives... Kageyu will soon realize that Hanshiro has set in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against his house.
2011: Cannes Film Festival: Official Selection
2011: Sitges Film Festival: Official Selection
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