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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
Masakazu
Yoshio Inaba Yoshio Inaba
Jinai Chijiiwa


Written by
Shinobu Hashimoto Shinobu Hashimoto
(screenplay)


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The killing stroke in storytelling.

10 years, 3 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

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9 years 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

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8 years, 5 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 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 (14), Japan (11), Samurai (11), Drama (8), 1962 (8), Japanese (5), Suicide (4), Chambara (4), Jidaigeki (4), Poverty (4), Bushido (4), Revenge (3), Not Foreign Language (2), East Asia (2), Seppuku (2), Asia (2), Twist (2), Flashback (2), Sword (2), Imdb 250 (1)
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" First Viewing Viewing Date: June 13th Via: Blu-ray Plot: When a ronin requesting seppuku at a feudal lord's palace is told of the brutal suicide of another ronin who previously visited, he reveals how their pasts are intertwined - and in doing so challenges the clan's integrity. Rating: 8.3/10"


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"19.3. 2021 A man wants to commit suicide (harakiri) which is traditionally considered to be a honorable way for a samurai to end his life. However, he also has an interesting and thought-provoking story to tell. The director Kobayashi manages to accurately explaining the absurdity of the old Japanese culture. He made a powerful film about society where honour is considered to be more important than reason."


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“(OK) Great storytelling in a suspension of life and death, in one in a lifetime film. Perfect plot points and two stories that adds to the end, real japanese misery and false chivalry...” read more

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