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Harakiri (Seppuku) (1962)

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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
Yoshio Inaba Yoshio Inaba
Jinai Chijiiwa

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Shinobu Hashimoto Shinobu Hashimoto


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The killing stroke in storytelling.

5 years, 11 months ago at Jun 22 20:53
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''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


4 years, 8 months ago at Sep 25 21:02
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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... read more


4 years, 1 month 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 house of a feudal lord to commit the act. There, he learns of the fate of his son-in-law, a young samurai who sought work at the house but was instead barbarically forced to commit traditional hara-kiri in an excruciating manner with a dull bamboo blade. In flashbacks the samurai tells the tragic story ... (more)
Release date: 4 August 1964
UPC: 037429207321
Tags: 1960s (13), Japan (11), Samurai (9), 1962 (8), Drama (7), Japanese (5), Jidaigeki (4), Chambara (4), Bushido (4), Poverty (4), Suicide (4), Sword (3), Revenge (2), Flashback (2), Twist (2), Seppuku (2), Not Foreign Language (2), East Asia (2), Asia (2), Good Ending (1)
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" Directed by: Masaki Kobayashi With: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita Plot: An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn."

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