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THE SCENE CLUB TO SCREEN JAPANESE FILM “HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI” by Takashi Miike

Sun Sep 29,2013

26th September 2013, Dubai, UAE: The Scene Club returns on Wednesday 9th October with the screening of HARA-KIRI: DEATH OF A SAMURAI by visionary Japanese auteur Takashi Miike. The film will be shown at Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre at 8pm, but guests are invited to arrive at 7pm to collect their pre-booked complimentary tickets and for an hour of networking with fellow film enthusiasts.

The Scene Club is Dubai’s monthly film club showcasing some of the best world independent cinema, run with the support of the Dubai International Film Festival and the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated Authority for culture, arts and heritage.

Seeking a noble end, poverty-stricken samurai Hanshiro requests to commit ritual suicide at the House of Ii, run by headstrong Kageyu. Trying to dismiss Hanshiro’s demand, Kageyu recounts the tragic story of a similar recent plea from young ronin Motome. Hanshiro is shocked by the horrifying details of Motome’s fate, but remains true to his decision to die with honor. At the moment of the hara-kiri, Hanshiro makes a last request to be assisted by Kageyu’s samurai, who are coincidentally absent. Suspicious and outraged, Kageyu demands an explanation. Hanshiro confesses his bond to Motome, and tells the bittersweet tale of their lives… Kageyu will soon realize that Hanshiro has set in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against his house.

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.

HARA-KIRI premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Palme d’Or and was the first 3D film to be in the main competition. It won Best Cinematography at the 66th Mainichi Film Awards and in 2012 at the 7th Osaka Cinema Festival. The film screened at numerous international festivals, including Vancouver, London, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Melbourne.

Takashi Miike is a highly prolific Japanese filmmaker with more than 70 productions to his credit. He has garnered a strong cult following in the West and some of his most popular films include 13 Assassins, Three…Extremes, Ichi the Killer and Audition. He has won over 30 awards including the Future Film Festival Digital Award at Venice Film Festival for 13 Assassins, the Asian Film Award at Tokyo Film Festival for Dead or Alive, the Audience Award at San Francisco Indiefest for The Great Yokai War, the FIPRESCI Prize at Rotterdam International Film Festival for Audition and the Japanese Professional Movie Award for Best Director for Ichi the Killer, Visitor Q and The Guys from Paradise. He also received 30 nominations at numerous international film festivals including Cannes, Venice, Rome and the Asian Film Awards.


Tickets are complimentary, however guests are required to pre-book them online at www.thesceneclub.com and then collect them from the club’s Registration Desk at Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre from 7.00pm on the night of the screening. As seating is offered on “first come, first served” basis, guests are encouraged to arrive as close as possible to 7pm to avoid disappointment. The screening will start at 8pm and between 7pm and 8pm The Scene Club provides to all registered guests an hour of networking with free popcorn.

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