IMDb > Harakiri (1962)
Seppuku
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Harakiri (1962) More at IMDbPro »Seppuku (original title)

Photos (See all 15 | slideshow) Videos
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.

Overview

User Rating:
8.6/10   14,846 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 25% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Shinobu Hashimoto (screenplay)
Yasuhiko Takiguchi (novel) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Harakiri on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
4 August 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
200 Proof See more (179 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
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


Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Seppuku" - Japan (original title)
See more »
Runtime:
133 min
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Stage-trained actor Tatsuya Nakadai and older film actor Rentarô Mikuni could not agree on an acceptable speaking voice while sharing the film stage. Nakadai spoke loudly and Mikuni spoke softly each citing their related acting experiences for their choice. They strongly disagreed with each other. The director, Masaki Kobayashi, halted filming and stated that he would not resume until both the actors came to an agreement. They did; stopping the shooting for three days!See more »
Quotes:
Hanshiro Tsugumo:What befalls others today, may be your own fate tomorrow.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jeanie's Magic Box (1972)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
88 out of 106 people found the following review useful.
200 Proof, 8 November 2001
Author: Duree from New York

This film is the purest distillation of the spirit of Greek tragedy ever put on celluloid. Yes, this is a review of Seppuku, a Japanese film released in 1962. Perhaps it took a non-Westerner, free of all of the cultural baggage and ridiculous associations, to see straight into the heart of the tragic mode and make it palpable and alive in the twentieth century. That is not all: the black and white cinematography is both formally assured and often outrageously daring; the soundtrack is one of the finest efforts of the greatest Japanese composer of the 20th century (or any century for that matter); the acting is demonically inspired; and the narrative is relentlessly gripping and involving. The film illuminates the relationship between the individual and society and between society and history. It is a tender meditation on familial love and the ties of friendship that transcend even death. This film will cut open your bowels, pull your soul out, and force you to stare it in the face. There may be other films that attain similar heights, but I cannot imagine any film, ever, being more perfect. Forget Citizen Kane, Seven Samurai, the Godfather, etc. etc. all of those commodified canonical works that everybody raves about because everybody else is raving about them. Don't get me wrong, they're fine--but this stuff is 200 proof. See it today. Buy it yesterday.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (179 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Harakiri (1962)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Wonderful movie! 10/10 jonasjobbar
Top 250? Bellator86
A masterpiece FilmKoala
Know any similar Samurai movies? nathang-1
Hard to watch ccewilliams
Currently showing on Mubi svenrufus
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 47 Samurai Ran Ghost Stories Seven Samurai
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb Japan section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.