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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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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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The clan featured in the film, the Ii (sometimes spelled Iyi) have produced one of the most important and controversial figures of modern Japanese history: Ii Naosuke, Chief policymaker of the Tokugawa Shogunate best known for signing the Harris Treaty with the United States, granting access to ports for trade to American merchants and seamen and extraterritoriality to American citizens.See more »
Hanshiro Tsugumo:The suspicious mind conjures its own demons.See more »
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Excellent cinematography, 20 April 2006
Author: Dino74 from Genova, Italy

It's quite surprising that some old masterpieces fall easily into the oblivion. Harakiri (Seppuku) is a good example. Quite simply this is one of the best Japanese movies I've ever seen.

Everything is this movie is exceptional: the cinematography is top notch, the acting is very good, the direction is almost perfect.

Tragedy, revenge, ethics, political contents...this movie has all of these elements wrapped in an exceptional 16th century samurai environment.

The only defects I could see in this movie is that someone may feel it is slightly slow (as actually there are very few action scenes...this is not a "chambara" movie!) and the fact that it is not dubbed (at least in the Italian edition) you lose some of the details while reading the subtitles....that is, unless you understand Japanese.

If you like black & white Japanese movies this is definitely a must see. GREAT.

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