Reelz Recommends: A Beautiful, Tragic Samurai Drama Now Streaming on Netflix
Posted 03.07.13 by BrentJS
"These people need to be taught a lesson."
Journey back in time, to the dawn of a newly-united Japan, and bear witness to a samurai's quest to restore his honor in a land that no longer needs its warriors.
The Flick: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
The Skinny: Prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Sukiyaki Western Django) directed this 3D remake of the 1962 film by Masaki Kobayashi. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival — the first 3D movie from any country to do so — where it received rave reviews.
The Players: Kabuki actor Ebizô Ichikawa stars as Hanshiro Tsugumo, a samurai who has fallen on hard times in the wake of the end of the Warring States period and the unification of Japan under the Tokugawa shogunate. Seeking to regain his honor, Hanshiro journeys to a feudal lord's palace and requests the use of the courtyard to commit ritual suicide (seppuku, or hari-kari). The lord (Koji Yakusho) believes Hanshiro's request to be another "suicide bluff" and relates the fate of the last person to attempt such a ruse, a young samurai with a connection to Hanshiro. After hearing the tragic tale, Hanshiro resolves to make the lord pay for his hypocrisy, pitting his sword against the lord's small army of skilled retainers.
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai | Takashi Miike | Naoto Takenaka | Koji Yakusho | Movie Trailer | Review
Next Showing: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
is now streaming on Netflix