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DEATH OF A SAMURAI

11/11/2011

JAPAN |

Takeshi Miike follows 13 Assassins with a neo-classical remake of the Yasuhiko Takiguchi story about a desperate, impoverished ronin and implacably cruel feudal lords.

Takeshi Miike has remade Masaki Kobayashi‘s famous indictment of feudal inhumanity by returning to its source (a story by Yasuhiko Takiguchi) and amplifying its clash between the values of military and civilian life.

Edo is peaceful under the Shogun, and many former samurai are now unemployed, impoverished ronin. Some, in desperation, approach noble houses and request permission to commit ritual suicide on their premises, secretly hoping to be bought off. The story opens with the ronin Hanshiro petitioning the House of Ii in exactly this way; instead of paying him to go away, the unsympathetic clan Lord Kageyu ( the fantastic Koji Yakusho) recounts the gruesome fate of the last ronin who came with that request, a young man named Motome. But Hanshiro is actually Motome‘s father-in-law, and he has actually come to the House of Ii to exact revenge!! –*yikes!
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Check out the trailer after the jump & make sure you don’t miss this film!!…

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