Harakiri

Harakiri

Seppuku

DVD - 2005 | Japanese
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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.
Audience: OFRB rating: PG.
OFA rating: PG.
Publisher: New York : Criterion Collection, 2005.
ISBN: 9780780030060
0780030060
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Harak
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (133 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm + 1 booklet (1 unpaged volume ; 18 cm).
Alternative Title: Seppuku [videorecording (DVD)]
Language Note: In Japanese with English subtitles.

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JCLIanH Oct 09, 2019

Harikiri is a masterclass in storytelling and direction. The way information is meted out to constantly pull at your emotions is brilliant, and the way Kobayashi renders this to the screen with so much restraint is awe-inspiring. This is essentially a socio-political drama disguised as a samurai film, and that's what makes it so special. It's also, I should note, a totally righteous samurai flick that holds up next to any of Kurosawa's classics.

IndyPL_TimothyV Sep 11, 2019

This is a bracing deconstruction and indictment of the samurai code. The pacing is slow, allowing tension to incrementally build to the inevitable confrontation that is between both individuals and competing philosophies. The acting in particular is both solemn and subtle, infused throughout by a grim humor.

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jferrerosa2
Feb 20, 2019

Don't waste your time.

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frejagray
Nov 10, 2018

This has become one of my absolute favourite films. It’s a slow paced story that stacks tension onto tension as each party slowly reveals new revelations. It’s intense and brutal in its depiction of personal tragedy and one’s spiralling downfall into the depths of desperation. It really explores the idea of people creating a facade of honour and respectability, and how they will violate that very code to maintain the facade. I can not recommend this film more.

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byoneoka
Aug 27, 2018

A powerful indictment of the samurai code and conduct in this riveting cinematic masterpiece.

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funpanda34
May 01, 2018

Set during the Edo period, where many masterless Samurai lived in poverty, it was a common occurrence for penniless ronin to beg their local feudal lords for the honor of committing ritual suicide in their courtyards, with the hope of receiving alms. Nakadai returns in this classic as an aging samurai in this beautifully constructed tale of love and honor. A must-see film.

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lindy919
Apr 28, 2018

A Japanese movie about . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . wait for it . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . that's right. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . you guessed it. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . samurai.

This is a good one except for the 20 minute long, monotone speech around 90 minutes in.

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dcb_0
Nov 21, 2016

A period piece that belongs on the keychain of any American seeking to unlock Japan. Through the melodrama expressed in this film, they can grasp the more subtle aspects of duty and obligation throughout the rest of of Japanese cinema (not to mention the absence of them in their own culture?). This is not a happy movie.

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BrentPM
Apr 30, 2016

An absolutely incredible film; with a heart-wrenching story and top-notch cinematography.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 11, 2015

ne of the great Japanese films of the 60s, Kobayashi's "Hara-kiri" is both an intense personal tragedy and a trenchant indictment of authoritarian systems that destroy the individual. Terrifically shot and edited, intricately structured (much of it is the protagonist relating his story), and very well acted, especially by Nakadai (Sword of Doom, Ran). Also know as "Seppuku."

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