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Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Ran's Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to commit ritual suicide on his property. Iyi's clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force him to eviscerate himself— but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the 1963 Cannes Film Festival's Special Jury Prize, Harakiri, directed by Masaki Kobayashi (The Human Condition) is a fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system.
Video introduction by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie
Excerpt from a rare Directors Guild of Japan video interview with the director
Video interviews with star Tatsuya Nakadai and screenwriter
Original theatrical trailer
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Joan Mellen and more!
So much has probably been said about this movie that I don't know what I can add to it. First, this might be the best movie from Masaki Kobayashi who directed many a great film. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Future Past
One of the best films ever made. It's a nice upgrade from the original Criterion DVD. I am baffled though to have seen the European blu-ray release of the film, and it has... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Juan Suarez
Tatsuya nakadai gives the viewer an intense performance. He put his heart and soul into his performance. Read morePublished 5 months ago by swordof doom
Hara Kiri is a masterpiece in filmmaking and one of my all time favorites. I consider this one of few perfect films ever made. Pure joy to watch.Published 5 months ago by Richard Dolt
Film = four (4) stars; restoration = five (5) stars. This is a melodramatic tale set in Japan's early 1600's. Read morePublished 10 months ago by William F. Flanigan Jr.