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Harakiri (Seppuku) (1962)

Harakiri
8.8 Rating
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8.7 IMDB rating

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Tatsuya Nakadai

Tatsuya Nakadai

Hanshiro Tsugumo
Akira Ishihama

Akira Ishihama

Motome Chijiiwa
Shima Iwashita

Shima Iwashita

Miho Tsugumo
Tetsuro Tanba

Tetsuro Tanba

Hikokuro Omodaka
Masao Mishima

Masao Mishima

Tango Inaba
Ichirô Nakatani

Ichirô Nakatani

Hayato Yazaki
Kei Sato

Kei Sato

Masakazu
Yoshio Inaba

Yoshio Inaba

Jinai Chijiiwa


Written by
Shinobu Hashimoto

Shinobu Hashimoto

(screenplay)


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The killing stroke in storytelling.

4 years, 1 month ago at Jun 22 20:53
5 votes
''The suspicious mind conjures its own demons.''

17th Century Samurai story told through clever flashbacks and storytelling thus capturing a fiery tale of revenge, deception and malice.

Tatsuya Nakadai: Hanshiro Tsugumo

Director Masaki Kobayashi, whom also conjured the masterful horror Kwaidan and epic Samurai Rebellion has yet again created another f... read more

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2 years, 10 months ago at Sep 25 21:02
1 vote
It’s getting quite irritating now with these Samurai Films, as I keep seeing new films which trump my last ‘best Samurai Film I’ve ever seen’ recommendation. While I still hold to the virtues of Sword of Doom and Samurai Rebellion, Harikiri is better on just about every level.

Essentially telling the story of how a conman Ronin was forced to commit Seppuku in the most horrific... read more

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2 years, 3 months ago at Apr 14 2:03
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I'm personally a big fan of stylized violence, you should always try to make ugly things beautiful. And this film certainly does do this. Definitely the best best non-Kurosawa Japanese film.
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Description: Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri (self-inflicted disembowelment). An elder warrior, Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) seeks admittance to the hous ... (more)
Release date: 4 August 1964
UPC: 037429207321
1960s (13), Japan (11), 1962 (9), Samurai (9), Drama (7), Japanese (5), Jidaigeki (4), Chambara (4), Bushido (4), Poverty (4), Suicide (4), Sword (3), Asia (2), Revenge (2), Flashback (2), Twist (2), Seppuku (2), Not Foreign Language (2), East Asia (2), Foreign Language (1)
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“I'm personally a big fan of stylized violence, you should always try to make ugly things beautiful. And this film certainly does do this. Definitely the best best non-Kurosawa Japanese film.” read more

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“It’s getting quite irritating now with these Samurai Films, as I keep seeing new films which trump my last ‘best Samurai Film I’ve ever seen’ recommendation. While I still hold to the virtues of Sword of Doom and Samurai Rebellion, Harikiri is better on just about every level.

Essentially telling the story of how a conman Ronin was forced to commit Seppuku in the most horrific way possible (with suitably nasty demonstration of how to disembowel oneself with a bamboo sword), Harikiri is a full forced attack on the notion of Samurai honour.

The story, largely told in flashback, is delivered by a half starved and haggard ronin named Hanshiro Tsugamoto (played with a wonderful melachonly by Tatsuya Nakadai). Originally appearing as if he just wants to commit suicide” read more

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