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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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Awards:
8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Does to the Samurai genre what Wild Bunch did to the Western! See more (179 total) »

Cast

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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
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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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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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:
Kageyu Saito:The ronin from Hiroshima, Hanshiro Tsugumo, committed hara kiri. All our own men died of illness. The house of Iyi has no retainers who could be felled or wounded by some half-starved ronin.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Hero (2002)See more »

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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Does to the Samurai genre what Wild Bunch did to the Western!, 7 October 2005
Author: OttoVonB from Switzerland

Having seen this film the mind becomes clouded with the innumerable things to say about it. Only praise comes to mind. Kobayashi has crafted The great samurai film for the rebel generation and he mixes a deftly handled criticism of authoritarian hypocrisy with a very touching piece of human drama.

The plot is deceptively simple: an old samurai (touchingly portrayed by Tatsuya Nakadai of "Ran", "Kagemusha" and "Sword of Doom") arrives at a clan castle to commit seppuku in their yard, and then tells his tale, seemingly trying to gain time at first. What seems to be the rambling of an old man soon turns out to be a grieving account of how this man (and, more significantly, his loved ones) was wronged by the clan. Then comes the violent revenge (this is where you think "Wild Bunch with katanas", though they do up the ante toward the end with guns...).

Kobayashi's direction is masterful, keeping an unbearable suspense during the mostly talky film, handling the touching scenes with care and maturity and giving us a sweeping fight to top all that. The 133 minutes running time never feels half that long! At the heart of it all though, is Nakadai, who, despite an excellent CV, delivers his greatest performance ever. His Tsugumo evokes a wounded panther, grieving an grieving until it gives in to fury. Nakadai's performance alone marks the film as essential viewing.

If you're open to samurai flicks, this will rank among the finest films you've ever seen.

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