Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

Synopsis: An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Takashi Miike
Production: Tribecca Film
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
128 min

~ Ichimei ~

HARA-KIRI - Death of a Samurai





Produced by

NAKAZAWA Toshiaki and Jeremy THOMAS

Screenplay by


Directed by

MIIKE Takashi

With all my honour,

I have come to make a request

of your chief official.

Another one?

Will they never stop?


what should we do?

Where's Omodaka?

He should be here.

Shall I summon him?

No, that's fine.

Show him in.

You'll grant him audience,


I'll talk to him.

I am told

you wish to commit ritual suicide here.

I was in Hiroshima, in Geishu,

where I served Lord Fukushima Masanori.

I am Tsukumo Hanshiro.

Since the fall of my Lord's house,

I have sought a position elsewhere.

My wish has gone unfulfilled,

as we now live in peaceful times.

I have fallen into poverty.

I have struggled to survive,

but I can no longer bear the shame.

I wish to cut open my stomach

and die as befits a warrior.

I humbly ask

the use of your courtyard

to proceed with my task.

I applaud your truly magnificent

display of spirit.

Lord Fukushima's retainers

first confirmed his personal safety,

then handed over Hiroshima Castle.

The secession was without conflict.

They were the model

of proper conduct.

Speaking of Fukushima,

would you know a young warrior

named Chijiiwa Motome?

I do not.

He claimed to be

of the same Fukushima Domain.

Our domain reaped

There were 572 elders, captains,

and their retinues alone.

Include their households as well,

and I cannot Imagine how many

were cut adrift

due to our loss of status.


Early last fall,

this masterless ronin Motome

appeared here

with the same request as you.

Would you care to hear

what happened?

Please tell me.

With all my honour,

I have come to make a request

of your chief official.

He's our first.

Did you see him?

That skinny ronin?

Who cares where a beggar like that

kills himself?

The greater the House where he dies,

the more honour he regains.

Let's just kill him ourselves.


Give him a coin.

Send him away.

We don't want trouble.

Your opinion, Squire Omodaka?

Are you warm enough?

His age?

About twenty, sir.

Younger than you.

This is one of those suicide bluffs.

It's an outrage that such a person

calls on our House of Ii.

Suicide bluff?

Yes, sir.

This mess started

with one poor ronin

at the residence of Lord Fujishima.

I cannot make a living, he said,

"and wish to end it all. "

"I ask to use your courtyard

and die as a warrior should.

The elder he spoke to was moved,

and talked him out of it.

They hired him as a retainer,

and the story went round the town.

Other ronin

began Hocking to houses of great lords.

Some were taken on,

while those who weren't

were sent away with a few coins

to save face.

This is a disgrace.

Now all penniless ronin think

threatening suicide brings money.

That man is one of them.


you believe

this man is bluffing?

We must make an example of him

to stop this from happening again.

Lord Ii himself

happens to be here in Edo.

He will grant you audience.

His Lordship?

You should change.

I will conduct you to the bath.


this ritual will be a rare event.

Warriors of the House of Ii,

pay close attention to what you will see.


These are his swords.

Draw it.

He proposes

to commit suicide with that?

Put this on.

Thank you.

Then come this way.



Funeral dress, for His Lordship?

Lord Ii?

His Lordship has been called away.

He has been told of your wish.

He is convinced

you cannot be dissuaded

of your noble intent.

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