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Harakiri - Criterion Collection (1964)

3 Ratings: 5.0
Art House & International and Classics movie directed by Masaki Kobayashi

Dramatically compelling and emotionally intense, Harakiri is a certified classic of Japanese film, and a riveting study of samurai codes of honor. Unlike Kurosawa's rousing samurai epics, this is an uncompromisingly tragic tale, exposing the hypocrisy … see full wiki

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Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Genre: Classics, Drama, Foreign
Release Date: 1962.9.16
3 reviews about Harakiri - Criterion Collection (1964)
review by . August 04, 2011
Following the Battle of Sekigahara and the Tokugawa clan's final assumption of national rule as the last and most powerful shogunate, Japan experienced a large and enduring influx of ronin as a result of this shogunate's calculated, underhanded elimination of numerous influential daimyo and provincial clans. As a result of this collective fall from grace (the likes of which would not be witnessed again until the onset of the Meiji Restoration), a trend occurred in which impoverished ronin …
review by . February 23, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
... and yet the action takes only the last five or ten minutes of the film! Mr Zack Davison's "most helpful" review describes the premise of the movie very eloquently; it's helpful indeed, since I don't feel like writing a straight expository essay, just a few impressions:    Black and white! Every frame of such stunning black and thoughtful white that it rivals a Zen garden in stones, or closer to home, an Ansel Adams photo of Yosemite in winter. The new print from Criterion …
review by . June 27, 2007
This just might my be my favorite samurai film of all time and one of the best I've ever seen. Harakiri is based during the Edo period around the early 1600's. A man named Hanshiro Tsugumo apears infront of the house of Kageyu Saito to commit Harakiri, also known as seppuku, which is the Japanese ritual for suicide. To discourage Hanshiro from doing so, Kageyu Saito tells the story of another samurai, Motome Chijiiwa. Moteme is actually Tsugumo's son-in-law, he tells the story of how hard the struggle …
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