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Harakiri (1919)

Not Rated | | Drama | 17 October 1921 (Finland)
The Buddhist priest wants the Daughter of the Daimyo to become a priestess at the Forbidden Garden. The Daimyo thinks if he were in Europe that his daughter should decide on her own, but he... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Paul Biensfeldt ... Daimyo Tokuyawa
... O-Take-San
... Buddhist Monk
Meinhart Maur ... Prince Matahari
Rudolf Lettinger ... Karan
Erner Huebsch ... Kin-Be-Araki
Kaete Juster ... Hanake
Niels Prien ... Olaf J. Anderson
Herta Heden ... Eva
Loni Nest ... Child
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The Buddhist priest wants the Daughter of the Daimyo to become a priestess at the Forbidden Garden. The Daimyo thinks if he were in Europe that his daughter should decide on her own, but he is denunciated and has to commit harakiri. She meets Olaf, a European officer, falls in love and marries him, but after a few months he has to return to Europe. She gives birth to a child and is waiting for him, while he marries in Europe. When he comes back to Japan 4 years later, he is accompanied by his European wife... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Mainly a curiosity
16 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Madam Butterfly story, with the character names changed, perhaps for copyright reasons. Fritz Lang fans will probably want to see it, but I do not think that it is worth going you of your way for.

Mainly interesting to me for the various items from Oriental curio stores used for set decoration and costumes. Few of the cast look Japanese or move in a Japanese manner (walking in a kimono takes practice and women would be embarrassed to show their arms).

I saw the Dutch/Italian restoration, which mostly looks very nice and clean and is nicely tinted. The titles were in Dutch. Running time was about 85 minutes.


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