Saturday, February 16, 2013

Ichimei aka Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

Takashi Miike takes the risk filming a great remake of Kobayashi's classic Hara-kiri. The storyline is about the same. Hanshiro is an elder samurai tries to help his son-in-law, Motome and his daughter, Miho, to stand on their feet and raise their precious child. The times are difficult due to the unemployment of Hanshiro and the problems the new family face. When Miho's baby gets sicked, Motome takes the responsibility to find more money, entering feudal lord's Iyi mansion and ask the permission to act Seppuku aka Hara-kiri. His last effort to earn some money even if that costs his life will have an unexpected end. But fate has not finished with Hanshiro's family and everything will be ruined at a cold, rainy night. Hanshiro now has to end this story and close the death's circle that makes his soul suffer as he stands alone. Miike succeeded to perfectly picture the bad and uncomfortable situation of a samurai living at a peaceful period in medieval Japan. Astonishing cinematography and beautiful photography that make this film a classic already.


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