Cannes Favorite: HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI (Ichimei) by Takashi Miike


Takashi Miike brings a 3D remake of a classic samurai flick to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, making his In-Competition entry the first 3D film ever to vie for the coveted Palme d’Or!

Photo via Twitchfilm

There’s always something fascinating about Japanese cinema that draws viewers all over the world to it. Perhaps one of the reasons is the interesting mix of history, tradition, and peculiarity always present in the works of Japan’s esteemed directors, such as Takashi Miike.

This year at Cannes, the prolific Takashi Miike brings a much anticipated 3D entry to the In-Competition category of the prestigious film festival. Hara-Kiri is one of the two 3D movies to premiere in Cannes (the other being the latest installment of Pirates of the Carribean), and the first 3D film to vie for the coveted Palme d’Or. If his film manages to join this year’s Cannes favorites and bring home the prize, Miike will join the ranks of other Japanese Cannes champions: Teinosuke Kinugasa, Akira Kurosawa, and Shohei Imamura.

Although Miike is best known in the west for his controversial films rich in gore and violence (such as Audition and Ichi the Killer), he has also directed a number of J-Horror and period (jidaigeki) flicks. “Hara-Kiri” follows Miike’s 2010 jidaigeki film “13 Assassins” which also enjoyed a Cannes premiere in 2009.

“Hara-Kiri”, a 3D adaptation of Masaki Kobayashi’s1962 film of the same name, is set in the 17th century Japan, the Edo Era. Hanshiro is an honorable yet impoverished samurai who wishes to commit hara-kiri—the ritual suicide—in feudal lord Kageyu’s estate. In his attempt to dismiss the samurai’s demand for an honorable death, Kageyu retells the tragic tale of a young ronin named Motome, who made a recent comparable request. Although shocked at Motome’s fate, Hanshiro remains determined to push through with the ritual. Little does the haughty Kageyu know of the samurai’s connection with Motome, and the vengeful scheme Hanshiro has set in motion against the feudal lord.

Watch the trailer for HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI below:

Sources/Additional Readings:
Festival de Cannes
Cannes 2011: First Teaser For Takashi Miike's HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI (Twitch Film)
First Looks at Takashi Miike's 3D Cannes Entry 'Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai' (Rope of Silicon)

What do you think of Takashi Miike’s latest samurai flick? Let us know with a comment below!

Also, if you liked this article, you might also like this feature on another Cannes Favorite: My Week with Marilyn by Simon Curtis.

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  1. duckduckninja
    duckduckninja ·

    I really can't wait to see this! Although I was really disappointed with 13 Assassins; I don't understand the critical acclaim behind that movie.

  2. duckduckninja
    duckduckninja ·

    I really can't wait to see this! Although I was really disappointed with 13 Assassins; I don't understand the critical acclaim behind that movie.

  3. sushi_9009
    sushi_9009 ·

    I LOVE his work ... Great Director :))

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