Indie Trailer Sunday: Takashi Miike's 'Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai'

May 1, 2011
Source: SlashFilm

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Teaser Trailer

Who doesn't love samurai?! There isn't much to feature for an Indie Trailer Sunday because the summer season is kicking off, but there is one teaser trailer that I thought was worth featuring. Japanese director Takashi Miike, mostly known for his crazy horror movies, has been obsessed with samurais recently, previously directing 13 Assassins, which just opened in the US. He's got another film, titled Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (or just Seppuku originally) that's not only playing in competition at the Cannes Film Festival this month, but will be presented in 3D. SlashFilm found this 30-sec teaser, and it looks quite good.

Watch the first teaser trailer for Takashi Miike's Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, via YouTube:

Hara-Kiri, set in the 17th century, follows Hanshiro (Ebizo Ichikawa), an honorable, poverty-stricken samurai requesting to commit hara-kiri in the courtyard of feudal lord Kageyu's estate. Trying to dismiss Hanshiro's wish to save face, Kageyu (Koji Yakusho) recounts the tragic story of a similar plea years ago from young ronin Motome. But the arrogant lord is unaware of the vengeful Hanshiro's bond to Motome.

The film is based on Yasuhiko Takiguchi's novel Ibun rônin-ki, which he adapted into "one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of Japanese cinema" in 1962 titled simply Harakiri (Criterion DVD on Amazon). The screenplay for this adaptation was written by Kikumi Yamagishi. I will be seeing this in Cannes for sure!

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  • Xerxexx
    Miike is fastly becoming one of my favorite directors.
    • JT
      Miike has been one of my favorites since I saw Ichi the Killer and then went and saw his other gangster films. Crows Zero is one of my favorites.
      • Xerxexx
        I'm gonna try and see his entire filmography.
    • Anonymous
      sorry i must of blinked there and missed the trailer
  • Brandon
    Love the original (Check out my profile image). This won't be as great, but definitely worth checking out. Still dying to see 13 Assassins, but not out where I live yet. :(
  • Saw 13 Assassins a few weeks ago, it's definitely worth seeking out, a brilliant film - possibly Miike's finest. Happy to see him reuniting with Kôji Yakusho too.
  • Not that great of a trailer lol
  • Nick S.
    13 assassins was A+MAZING! can't wait for this. i gotta wonder if the whole 3D thing was a smart move, however. hopefully i'll catch a 2D showing my first go.
  • Silencio!
    Looks good!
  • Cracky
    The Harikiri film by Kobayashi (based on the same material) was phenomenal. I can't wait to see what Miike does with it.
  • Anonymous
    I like the music already:)
  • Cody W.
    13 assassins was amazing, that trailer was ok but Miikes name on it Im already sold.




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