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Harakiri
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Harakiri
Harakiri

Harakiri

1962
Drama, Action
2h 13m
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (imdb)
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99th
6
A hollow suit of armor, katana the embodiment of a warrior's soul, the status symbol of topknots, strict architectural frames. These are a few of the vain idols by which Kobayashi obliterates samurai mythology, exposing the moral vacancy of authoritarian honorifics and cruel caste systems. It's an angry, contemptuous, masterful film, carried out in a slightly inelegant flashback structure, but of such a tightly-stretched tension, the moment it finally erupts is in spectacular fashion.
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91st
5
An uncompromising condemnation of the honor-bound strictures by which so much of society live their lives. One cannot abide by a code which has no room to accommodate the moral vagaries of everyday life.
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98th
100
Cut my stomach into pieces / this review is really short.
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85th
90
Harakiri is to the samurai film what Unforgiven is to the western: all romantic notions are torn down and stomped on. Mad shout-outs to Tatsuya Nakadai, who rocks the dance floor as main character Hanshiro Tsugumo. Props also to Kobayashi for his more than skillful direction. This was not an easy movie to watch, but it was well worth it.
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96th
92
Another excellent Kobayashi film, this one tearing down old notions of samurai honor. Lots of marvelous camera movement and dynamic lighting.
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