Harakiri (1962)

In this Japanese drama, set in the 17th century, samurai warriors fight each other in their search for a master in the wake of a Shogun-mandated decentralization. A prospective victim is forced to perform the ritual with a wooden blade. His… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 1, 1962
DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
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Roger Ebert

It would be wrong for me to reveal the details of the story Tsugumo tells. What I can say is that it is heartbreaking.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The 1962 single masterpiece uses ploys of the written word in picturing the past and/or far away to criticize the present.

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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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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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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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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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Lucas Martins
Beautifully written, wonderfully directed and amazingly acted. Harakiri is a creative, inteligent and awesome film. One of the few movies you can call it… More
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
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.