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Harakiri

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Genres: Drama
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Plot Synopsis: Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to be allowed to commit ritual suicide on the property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force his hand and get 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 is a fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system.
  • Release Details
    Release Date: October 4th, 2011
    MPAA Rating: Unrated
    Movie Release Year: 1962
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:133 Minutes
    Specs:BD-50 Blu-ray Disc
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.35:1
    Audio Formats:TBA
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:Video introduction by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie
    Excerpt from a rare Directors Guild of Japan video interview with director Masaki Kobayashi, moderated by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda
    Video interviews with star Tatsuya Nakadai and screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto
    Original theatrical trailer
    A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Joan Mellen and a reprint of a 1972 interview by Mellen with Kobayashi