The latest film from Takashi Miike (releasing in the US, at least, the prolific director has released another 3 in Japan since) Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is another film set in the days of Japanese Feudalism (like his last film 13 Assassins, one of my favorites released in the US last year) and since Tribeca Film will be releasing it next month, we have a US trailer for the film.
The film will hit VOD July 17th, and then follow in theaters on July 20th in limited locations, probably mostly in New York and LA. The synopsis for the film is:
“From visionary auteur Takashi Miike (13 ASSASSINS) comes the story of a mysterious samurai who arrives at the doorstep of his 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 samurai begins to tell a story of his own, with an ending no one could see coming. With stunning cinematography and gripping performances, HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI is a thrilling exploration of revenge, honor, and individuality in the face of oppressive power.”
Reviews for the film haven’t been overwhelmingly positive, but Miike’s films are always pretty divisive. I’ll be getting the chance to check this one out very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for a review. In the meantime, check out the trailer: