Harakiri: Death of a Samurai
Harakiri: Death of a Samurai is a 2011 Japanese drama (made in 3D) directed by the Takashi Miike (13 Assassins). This movie premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It was also shown at the 2012 Toronto Japanese Film Festival held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) in Toronto. It stars Kôji Yakusho (Shall We Dansu, Memoirs of a Geisha, Babel), Ebizô Ichikawa and Hikari Mitsushima (Love Exposure, Sawako Decides).
Remade from a 1962 movie of the same name, Harakiri is tale of revenge, honor and disgrace about on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers that his ronin son-in-law planned to commit ritual suicide on premises of a feudal lord secretly hoping to be bought off in order to buy medicine for his sick child. A very sad and tragic story, this movie was beautifully made and well acted. Highly recommended!