8. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Directed by the masterful filmmaker Takashi Miike, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai is actually a remake of the 1962 classic Harakiri. I chose the remake because of how starkly beautiful it is. I mean, look at this shot above. Sword fight in the snow. Absolutely stunning. The story is not a grand one, but Takashi Miike is such a disciplined, talented filmmaker that it’s 2 hour run time never over stays it’s welcome. It’s a quiet, introspective piece that slow boils until eventually exploding into a massive multi-man sword fight brawl. Oh, and there’s a scene where a Samurai has to commit seppuku with a wooden sword. It’s a painful, gut wrenching moment that burned it’s way into my mind the first time I saw it and never left.
- First 3D film to be screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival
- Scored by renowned Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto
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