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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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Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)
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Release Date:
4 August 1964 (USA) See more »
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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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
Hideki Kato .... fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Takao Kajihara .... still photographer
Shôjirô Kamohara .... gaffer
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
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Seppuku" - Japan (original title)
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133 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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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 »
Hanshiro Tsugumo:When my master's house fell we immediately left the domain and moved to Edo. The streets of Edo were crowded with ronin - flotsam from the Battle of Sekigahara. In former times, other clans would have gladly taken in any ronin who'd earned a name for himself...See more »
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41 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Great movie, 28 October 2004
Author: gubami

When I first saw this movie, I did not know much about it. I saw it for a class so I was given a little background of the time period. In fact I was pretty much just told this:

This movie takes place during the time where many Samurai were left ronins, or masterless. These samurai were unable to find work and thereby were left in poverty. Eventually many would go up to clans and ask to commit seppuku.

It was dishonorable to refuse such a "noble" request, but most clans did not want samurai to kill themselves on their property so they would just pay the samurai to go elsewhere.

So I watched the movie and well... I loved it. During the class discussion the next day I found most people hated the movie. Not because it was a bad movie, but because of how it made people feel about themselves. And that's exactly why this movie is genius. If you're interested in watching this movie, do not read the summary in detail - reading the summary in detail will deprive you of what one of the key things that made the movie great IMO.

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