MDC's Tower Theater

MDC's Tower Theater

The challenge of the warriors spirit

Friday, September 21, at 8:00 p.m.
(For Hara-Kiri ticketholders only)
Screenings and Opening Night Reception sponsored by
2BAsian Bistro
Directed by Takashi Miike
Cast: Kôji Yakusho, Naoto Takenaka, Hikari Mitsushima, Eita

Japan, UK | 2011 | | 126 min.| Drama | Unrated
Japanese with English subtitles

Takashi Miike’s magnum opus tells the story of a mysterious ronin who arrives at the doorstep of a 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 mystery man begins to tell a story of his own, with an ending no one could see coming. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is a thrilling exploration of revenge, honor, and individuality in the face of oppressive power. A marvel of cinematic beauty, this samurai film with a true and tender soul might be Miike’s best film yet.

Screenplay by Kikumi Yamagishi
Cinematography by Nobuyasu Kita
Music composed by Ryûichi Sakamoto (Almodovar’s High Heels, Iñárritu’s Babel, Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor)

2011 Cannes Film Festival: Nominated for Palme d'Or
2012 Asian Film Awards: Nominated, Best Supporting Actress (Hikari Mitsushima); Best Composer
2012 Japanese Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Supporting Actress; Best Art Direction

“More moving than shocking, it proceeds slowly and gracefully, and the few scenes of bloodshed are emotionally intense rather than showily sensational.”
–A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“It may well be Miike's best film, a patient, ominous piece of epic storytelling that conscientiously rips the scabs off the honorable samurai mythology.” –Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

“It’s superb filmmaking, uncluttered and utterly assured…offering up rich, deep colors, with an almost painterly exploration of fields of depth and volume.” –Mark Feeney, The Boston Globe

“Ryuichi Sakamoto's score, Nobuyasu Kita's cinematography and the performances are all impressive.”
–Mark Jenkins, NPR

“Deftly weaving double plotlines, gorgeous camera work, and deep compassion, Miike contrasts ritualistic “honor” with the truly honorable.”—Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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