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Harakiri ( Seppuku ) (1964) Movie Information

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Masaki Kobayashi


Tatsuya Nakadai
Akira Ishihama
Shima Iwashita
Tetsurô Tanba
Masao Mishima
Ichirô Nakatani





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17th-century Japan has entered a peaceful period - but it has also put thousands of Samurai out of work and into poverty. An elderly Samurai, looking to die an honorable death, approaches the home of a feudal lord to commit the ritual suicide hara-kiri. But when he hears the tale of his son-in-law - forced to commit the act in a barbaric fashion using a dull bamboo blade - instead of death, he seeks revenge. -- Chris Kavan

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This brooding Japanese film is at its best when it ponders questions of honor, duty, and mortality. The flashback sequences are occasionally uneven and weirdly paced, within the context of the present story, but there are some poignant and effective moments. The final action scene is jarring, but, I guess, fits with the story.

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