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