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Harakiri ()

Seppuku (original title)
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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... See more »

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Hanshiro Tsugumo
Akira Ishihama ...
Motome Chijiiwa
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Miho Tsugumo
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Hikokuro Omodaka
Masao Mishima ...
Tango Inaba
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Hayato Yazaki
Kei Satô ...
Masakazu
Yoshio Inaba ...
Jinai Chijiiwa
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Tôru Takeuchi ...
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Yoshirô Aoki ...
Umenosuke Kawabe
Kôichi Hayashi
Ryûtarô Gomi
Jô Azumi ...
Ichiro Shimmen
Nakajirô Tomita
Shichisaburô Amatsu ...
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Kenzô Tanaka
Shin Nakahara
Tsuneo Ikeda
Minoru Miyagi
Takaaki Kadota
Ichirô Yûki ...
(as Ichirô Yamamoto)
Gen Takasugi
Satoshi Nishida
Tetsurô Komiyama
Shûichirô Narita
Noboru Kasuga
Kenji Hayashi
Shôtarô Hayashi
Shimezô Kataoka
Fumiya Ozawa
Kônosuke Takemoto
Rentarô Mikuni ...
Kageyu Saito

Directed by

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Masaki Kobayashi

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Shinobu Hashimoto ... (screenplay)
 
Yasuhiko Takiguchi ... (novel "Ibun rônin ki")
 
Yasuhiko Takiguchi ... ()

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Tatsuo Hosoya ... producer
Gin'ichi Kishimoto ... assistant producer
Makoto Naitô ... development producer
Tsugio Saitô ... assistant producer

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Tôru Takemitsu

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Yoshio Miyajima

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Hisashi Sagara

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Junpei Segashira ... assistant editor
Sofu Teshigahara ... titles

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Junpei Oosumi
Shigemasa Toda

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Zenichi Tajiri

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Mitsuzô Ueda

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Gyôemon Kimura ... key hair stylist
Yoshiko Kimura ... hair stylist

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Kôji Niwa ... assistant director

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Shigeru Fujita ... assistant sound
Hideo Nishizaki ... sound

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Hideki Kato ... fight choreographer

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Takao Kajihara ... still photographer
Shôjirô Kamohara ... gaffer
Tamotsu Okutani ... assistant camera
Shigeyuki Sekine ... assistant photographer

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Chôkan Kawamura ... costume researcher
Tadanosuke Sumida ... costume researcher

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Kaneshige Inokuma ... historical researcher
Ryôzô Nakamura ... equipment
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Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri (self-inflicted disembowelment). An elder warrior, Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) seeks admittance to the house of a feudal lord to commit the act. There, he learns of the fate of his son-in-law, a young samurai who sought work at the house but was instead barbarically forced to commit traditional hara-kiri in an excruciating manner with a dull bamboo blade. In flashbacks the samurai tells the tragic story of his son-in-law, and how he was forced to sell his real sword to support his sick wife and child. Tsugumo thus sets in motion a tense showdown of revenge against the house. Written by Kevin Rayburn

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Taglines The World Has Never Understood Why the Japanese Prefer Death to Dishonor! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Harakiri (World-wide, English title)
  • Harakiri (United States)
  • Harakiri (United Kingdom)
  • Hara-kiri (France)
  • Harakiri (Spain)
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Trivia While filming, Tatsuya Nakadai was afraid during most of the sword and spear fighting scenes because real swords were being used, a practice now forbidden in Japanese films. His concern was not alleviated even though professional swordsmen were employed during the choreographed swordplay. See more »
Goofs After Motome's seppuku, when Omodaka steps forward and chops Motome's head off (supposedly), he visibly stops his swing before striking Motome's neck (naturally, since real swords were used). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Through the Mist (2009). See more »
Quotes Hanshiro Tsugumo: What befalls others today, may be your own fate tomorrow.
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