Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is a Japanese movie directed by Takashi Miike. It's a 3D remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s 1962 film, Harakiri, which was originally based on Yasuhiko Takiguchi’s novel “Ibun Ronin-ki”. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2011.

Movie info

Original title
Transliterated title
Premiere date
May 19, 2011
Release date
October 15, 2011
Directed by
Takashi Miike
Written by
Kikumi Yamagishi (screenplay)
Yasuhiko Takiguchi (novel)
Eiren rating
G (General Audiences)
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In the waning days of the Shogunate, a ronin named Tsukumo Hanshiro arrives at the Iyi clan estate to ask a favor of the clan’s chief retainer, Saito Kageyu.

He claims he only wishes to use their garden to commit seppuku, but this has been a common tactic for down-and-out former samurai in recent years. They claim to want to commit ritual suicide, knowing they’ll probably get a hand out and be sent on their way.

Saito knows this, so he decides to call the man’s bluff. Tsukumo insists it’s no bluff, but he would first like to tell the story of his daughter, Miho, and his son-in-law Chijiiwa Motome, who once visited the Iyi estate himself.

Featured Cast

Actor Role
Ebizo Ichikawa Ebizo Ichikawa Tsukumo Hanshirō
Eita Eita Motome Chijiiwa
Hikari Mitsushima Hikari Mitsushima Miho
Naoto Takenaka Naoto Takenaka Tajiri
Munetaka Aoki Munetaka Aoki Omodaka Hikokurō
Hirofumi Arai Hirofumi Arai Matsuzaki Hayatonoshō
Kazuki Namioka Kazuki Namioka Kawabe Umanosuke
No photo available Yoshihisa Amano Sasaki
No photo available Goro Daimon Buddhist priest
Takehiro Hira Takehiro Hira Ii Kamon-no-Kami Naotaka
Takashi Sasano Takashi Sasano Sōsuke
Baijaku Nakamura Baijaku Nakamura Chijiiwa Jinnai
Koji Yakusho Koji Yakusho Saitō Kageyu

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