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Harakiri

September 16, 2013

Japan | 1962 | 133 Minutes | Masaki Kobayashi

Director Masaki Kobayashi's film follows an unemployed samurai (Tatsuya Nakadai), who arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property.

Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get him to eviscerate himself—but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize.

"Samurai films contain stories of ethical challenges and human tragedy. Harakiri, is one of the best of them. By playing strictly within the rules of Bushido Code which governs the conduct of all samurai, he lures the powerful leader into a situation where sheer naked logic leaves him humiliated before his retainers." - Roger Ebert

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Principal Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, RentarĊ Mikuni, Shima Iwashita, Akira Ishihama
Country: Japan
Year: 1962
Running Time: 133 Minutes
Language: Japanese
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: HD Digital
US Distributor: Janus Films, Emerging Pictures
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