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- Movie: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
- Romaji: Ichimei
- Japanese: 一命
- Director: Takashi Miike
- Assistant Director: Ryosuke Kanesaki
- Writer: Yasuhiko Takiguchi, Kikumi Yamagishi
- Producer: Toshiaki Nakazawa, Jeremy Thomas
- Cinematographer: Nobuyasu Kita
- World Premiere: May, 2011 (Cannes Film Festival)
- Release Date: October 15, 2011
- Runtime: 126 min.
- Genre: Period Drama
- Production Company: Shochiku
- Distributor: Shochiku
- Language: Japanese
- Country: Japan
Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©
Set during the 17th century when the samurai class struggled to find work.
Poverty-strickenn samurai Hanshiro (Ebizo Ichikawa) enters the House of Ii, run by Kageyu (Koji Yakusho), and requests to commit seppuku (suicide by disembowelment) in their courtyard. Kageyu believes Hanshiro is bluffing and tells the tale of Motome (Eita), a young ronin who last came into the House of Ii and asked for the same thing. To dissuade others from extorting handouts from their group, they called Motome's bluff and forced him to commit seppuku with a dull bamboo sword he carried.
Hanshiro undeterred by Kageyu asks for the House’s top samurai to assist him, but they are absent. Hanshiro then makes one last request, setting in motion a showdown driven by revenge ...
- Remake of 1962 film "Harakiri"(Seppuku), directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
- "Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai" is the first jidaigeki (period drama) film shot in 3D.
Additional Cast Members:
- 2011 (64th) Cannes Film Festival - May 11 - May 22, 2011 - Competition *World Premiere
- 2011 (30th) Vancouver International Film Festival - September 29-October 14, 2011 - Special Presentations *North American Premiere
- 2011 (16th) Busan International Film Festival - October 6-14, 2011 - A Window on Asian Cinema
- 2011 (44th) Sitges Film Festival - October 6-16, 2011 - Official Fantastic in Compettition
- 2011 (27th) Warsaw Film Festival - October 7-16, 2011 - Special Screenings
- 2011 (55th) BFI London Film Festival - October 12-27, 2011 - Film on the Square
- 2011 (48th) Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival - November 3-24, 2011 - Panorama
- 2011 (22nd) Stockholm International Film Festival - November 9-20, 2011 - Asian Images *Nordic Premiere
- 2012 (36th) Hong Kong International Film Festival - March 21-April 5, 20112 - Gala Presentation
- 2012 (12th) Nippon Connection - May 2-May 6, 2012 - Nippon Cinema *German Premiere
- 2012 (13th) Japan Filmfest Hamburg - May 23-27, 2012
- 2012 (15th) Shanghai International Film Festival - June 16-24, 2012 - Official Selection
- 2012 (61st) Melbourne International Film Festival - August 2-19, 2012 - Accent on Asia
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