Area Premiere July 27–29
Buy Tickets Brattle Passes Accepted
(2011) dir Takashi Miike w/Ebizô Ichikawa, Eita, Hikari Mitsushima, Naoto Takenaka, Munetaka Aoki, Takashi Sasano, Baijaku Nakamura, Kôji Yakusho [126 min]. Screens in 2-D.
- “‘Hara-Kiri’ comes to life,” by James Verniere, The Boston Herald
- “In ‘Hara-Kiri,’ seeking justice, the samurai way,” by Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe
- “Takashi Miike brings back samurai movies,” by Miles Bowe, The Boston Phoenix
From visionary auteur Takashi Miike (13 Assassins) comes the story of a mysterious samurai who arrives at the doorstep of his feudal lord, requesting an honorable death by ritual suicide in his courtyard. The lord threatens him with the brutal tale of Motome, a desperate young ronin who made a similar request with ulterior motives, only to meet a grisly end. Undaunted, the samurai begins to tell a story of his own, with an ending no one could see coming. With stunning cinematography and gripping performances, HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI is a thrilling exploration of revenge, honor, and individuality in the face of oppressive power.