Harakiri
Harakiri (1962)

This well-regarded Japanese drama follows an aging samurai as he attempts to regain his family's honor. In 17th century Japan, a shift in the country's political structure has thrown the feudal Shogun system into disuse.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 23, 2005
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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

The film has a steady, hypnotic momentum; the director, Masaki Kobayashi, wrings as much drama out of facial twitches as he does out of sword fights.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

even if Kobayashi's first period film is an exemplary tale speaking as much to our own times as to Japan's feudal era, it is also a ripping yarn, keeping the viewer gripped with its jigsaw structure and intense performances.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A devastating, emotionally intense critique of the feudal system's hypocrisy and the warrior's code.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A masterful chess game, filled with many carefully constructed moves, each arranged to fit in a particular place. It's glorious to behold.

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Flixster Audience Score: 97% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
Masaki Kobayashi's tormented drama is a timeless tale about the changing of times. How the lives we create, built on shifting sands, can so easily… More
Lanning : )
<b>Seppuku</b> <p> I don't know if this is the best samurai project ever brought to screen, but I'm willing to bet that it is right… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
A powerful critique of the feudal system, the hipocrisy and the persecution of individuality. The parade of a false sense of "honor" that sacrifices… More
Cindy I
A great example of the flaw in basing your opinion of an event on circumstantial evidence instead of the facts.
Saskia D.
I've been waiting a long time to watch this movie, but now I've finally seen it! This movie is different from other samurai movies, because it… More
danny d
This was a really good movie. its a samurai classic and tatsuya nakadai was amazing as always. he is definitely one of the finest japanese actors ever. i… More