Movie Review: Hara Kiri: Death of a Samurai


Hara Kiri is an intense movie that reflects on the feudal society of Japan at the time of the samurai.  In it the concept of honor, humanity, tradition and mercy are played out. 

What is especially seen is that lack of mercy the feudal society has upon those that are not part of the group.  What happens to warriors whose means of existence have been taken away by ill fortune or the whims of fate.  They are left with few options especially when it comes to the care of their family. 

This film also shows how honor can be misplaced especially if that honor is upon something that is honor less.

Hara Kiri is not rated and is filled with graphic violence especially the scene of ritual suicide.  This is not a film for anyone other than adults. 

Four swords out of five.