Starring: Koji Yakusho, Eida, Hikari Mitsushima
Director: Takashi Miike
When his son in law disappears, a downtrodden Samurai seeks out his fate and vengeance.
After the success of 13 Assassins acclaimed Director Takashi Miike takes another stab at a samurai themed story based in feudal Japan this time in 3D. Unlike it predecessor Hari-Kari is not an action film but more an introspective drama taking a look at poverty, desperation and honor.
Told primarily in flash backs Motome(Eida) travels to a feudal lords home filled with samurai to essentially pull a con on them. When called on this, Motome sets in motion events that lead to the demise of his family.
Takashi Miike is a truly original voice never being subjugated to one particular genre while not packing the same punch or scope as 13 assassins or the shock factor of Audition or Ichi. Miike is able to create an engrossing story filled with pain and beauty while still containing a couple of signature scenes; the initial seppuku scene is literally gut wrenching. It is a slow burn to the climatic and only action sequence in the entire film.
While a subdued Miike is better than most I miss the gonzo insanity of his previous work, clearly Miike has matured more than I have