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***This movie was filmed in Black and White (not colour).
Region Coding: Region 3 (Locked)
English, Traditional Chinese
02 June 2003
In this grim yet exquisitely composed film, Kobayashi Masaki delves into the world of the 17th-century samurai, examining "the honor in death--and the death of honor" (Time). After an unemployed samurai is forced to commit harakiri before a feudal lord, his father-in-law returns to the scene, seemingly to play out the same agonizing suicide ritual. Kobayashi begins at the story's end, then recounts the narrative as told by the father-in-law. The effect is almost unbearably suspenseful, leading to an explosive climax of supreme defiance and samurai swordplay, erupting from a battle of wills, called bluffs, and hotly defended honour. For connoisseurs of samurai action, Harakiri is not to be missed.
Awards: 8 wins & 2 nomintations
Jury Special Prize (Kobayashi Masaki) of Cannes Film Festival 1963