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Harakiri -- Following the collapse of his clan, unemployed samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to commit ritual suicide on his property.

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Director:
Writers:
Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)
Yasuhiko Takiguchi (novel) ...
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Release Date:
4 August 1964 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A Gem of Japanese Cinema See more (140 total) »

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Directed by
Masaki Kobayashi 
 
Writing credits
Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)

Yasuhiko Takiguchi (novel "Ibun rônin ki")

Yasuhiko Takiguchi 

Produced by
Tatsuo Hosoya .... producer
Gin'ichi Kishimoto .... assistant producer
Makoto Naitô .... development producer
Tsugio Saitô .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Tôru Takemitsu 
 
Cinematography by
Yoshio Miyajima 
 
Film Editing by
Hisashi Sagara 
 
Art Direction by
Junpei Oosumi 
Shigemasa Toda 
 
Set Decoration by
Zenichi Tajiri 
 
Costume Design by
Mitsuzô Ueda 
 
Makeup Department
Gyôuemon Kimura .... key hair stylist
Yoshiko Kimura .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kôji Niwa .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Shigeru Fujita .... assistant sound
Hideo Nishizaki .... sound
 
Stunts
Hideki Kato .... fight choreographer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Shôjirô Kamohara .... gaffer
Takao Ohara .... still photographer
Tamotsu Okutani .... assistant camera
Shigeyuki Sekine .... assistant photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Chôkan Kawamura .... costume researcher
Shigenosuke Sumida .... costume researcher
 
Editorial Department
Junpei Segashira .... assistant editor
Sofu Teshigahara .... titles
 
Other crew
Kaneshige Inokuma .... historical researcher
Ryôzô Nakamura .... equipment
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Seppuku" - Japan (original title)
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Runtime:
133 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:16 (re-rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:X | UK:15 (DVD rating) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18 (cut version)

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Trivia:
Seppuku and harakiri (the US working title) both mean to commit ritual suicide in Japanese. However, seppuku is the formal term, derived from the kanji characters for "hara" (belly) and "kiri" (cut); harakiri is the cruder, less polite term for this act.See more »
Quotes:
Hanshiro Tsugumo:What befalls others today, may be your own fate tomorrow.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Kill Your Killer (2014)See more »

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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Gem of Japanese Cinema, 13 April 2006
Author: lstrawser from United States

Harakiri is an excellent human drama set in feudal Japan that involves a ronin presenting himself to a powerful clan and asking to commit harikiri. However, through a series of flashbacks we see that this ronin is motivated by more than the idea of dying honorably. The events that follow are a critique of the feudal system and a celebration of dying for one's beliefs.

Every frame in Harikiri is wonderfully composed and a treat to view. The cinematography is crisp, the sets wonderful and the actors are spectacular. Much can be said about this film's technical merits as well as its social implications. I found out about this film through my love of Akira Kurosawa's samurai dramas (who else...) and I must say that it is very different from Kurosawa-sans work although it draws inevitable comparisons. Due to its themes, Harikiri is more of an anti samurai film. Generally Kurosawa's work seems to glorify the honor of the samurai and celebrate them as Japanese heroes by showing them gloriously in battle. Kurosawa is the Japanese John Ford, taking an icon from his culture and celebrating it. Harikiri exposes the virtues that Kurosawa portrays as being "a facade" to directly quote the film.

I say this so as not to mislead any potential viewers, I do not know enough about Japanese history to judge what the samurai really stood for and really I am not concerned with the idea. This is the only Kobyashi film I have seen and it has been brought to my attention that many of his films deal with similar themes. All in all I think that Harikiri is a wonderful film that offers a new take on feudal Japan.

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