Harakiri
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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. Impoverished samurai wander the countryside, asking wealthy estate owners if they can commit hara-kiri, a grisly form of suicide, on their property. The usual and honorable response is an offer of some work for food or shelter. Into the house of a lord comes Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai), an elderly warrior who asks chief retainer Kageyu Saito (Rentaro Mikuni)… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"A devastating, emotionally intense critique of the feudal system's hypocrisy and the warrior's code."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A masterful chess game, filled with many carefully constructed moves, each arranged to fit in a particular place. It's glorious to behold."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"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."
‑ Anton Bitel, Little White Lies
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