DVD - 2005 | Japanese
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Home Vision Enertainment : Janus Films, [2005]
ISBN: 9780780030060
Branch Call Number: JPN 791.4372 S4797k
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (133 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Nov 21, 2016

A period piece that belongs on the keychain of any American seeking to unlock Japan. Through the melodrama expressed in this film, they can grasp the more subtle aspects of duty and obligation throughout the rest of of Japanese cinema (not to mention the absence of them in their own culture?). This is not a happy movie.

Apr 30, 2016

An absolutely incredible film; with a heart-wrenching story and top-notch cinematography.

Dec 11, 2015

ne of the great Japanese films of the 60s, Kobayashi's "Hara-kiri" is both an intense personal tragedy and a trenchant indictment of authoritarian systems that destroy the individual. Terrifically shot and edited, intricately structured (much of it is the protagonist relating his story), and very well acted, especially by Nakadai (Sword of Doom, Ran). Also know as "Seppuku."

Green_Bird_203 Jan 28, 2013

Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo, Kagsmusha, Human condition/Ningen no joken) at his best. He became to the bone of 50ish widower profoundly at 30 years old - a remarkable achievement of this stage background actor.

Oct 13, 2012

One of the best samurai movies of all time.
Love RAN for its visuals & Seven Samurai for its action, but this story is at the HEART of the Samurai code.
Incredibly intense movie about life, death, duty & honor. The lead actor is unbelievably powerful.
Cinematography is sublime.
Saw it 30 years ago and still think it's in the top 10.

brendancarlson Aug 14, 2012

Amazing story, fantastic acting and truly breathtaking cinematography. Don't miss it!

Jul 31, 2012

Oh, my God. We're against spoilers here,'s the one where the guy forces the other guy to do the thing, and events spiral out of control from there. Honestly, this is a film that must be seen to be appreciated.

Jul 30, 2012

Wow! What a shocking, horrendous, and mesmerizing movie it is!
Most of the Japanese consider the rules of Bushido Code to be the genuine pillars of the traditional Japanese culture.
Indeed, Inazo Nitobe proudly showed Bushido to the whole world in his book.
This film, however, depicts the tragic and hypocritic aspects of Bushido, which prevailed in the most of the Edo period.
This hypocracy is presented by the the vanity of the feudal lord's counsellor Kageyu Saito, to whom the outward appearance of honour is more important than real honour.
His hypocratic attitudes certainly make you anger with him.
The whole incident seems riduculously tragic.
The hypocratic counsellor orders the retainers disgraced by Hanshiro Tsugumo (protagonist) to commit seppuku, and makes sure that those who were slain or had their topknots cut off by Hanshiro are written off as casualties to illness so that his house would not lose face.
I believe, this film is one of the most important anti-samurai movies.

Jul 05, 2012

Best movie I've ever seen.

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