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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Ichikawa Ebizo
Koji Yakusho
Eita
Directors
Takashi Miike
Screenwriters
Kikumi Yamagishi
Running Time
126 minutes

Hara-Kiri
Takashi's re-miike


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Hara-Kiri

Plot
Out of work samurai Hanshiro (Ichikawa) appears at the House of Li with a request to be allowed to commit Seppuku in the noble house's courtyard. Li's lieutenant, Kageyu (Yakusho), though, has suspicions over his true motives. But what is the real truth behind it?


Verdict
If Miike's re-tune of Masaki Kobayashi's bleak samurai tale is a surprisingly subdued affair, aficionados will still find enough sword-based shenanigans to keep them engrossed.


Reviewed by Simon Crook

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