Harakiri – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1962) *EXTREMELY RARE OOP NEW*

Harakiri – Criterion [Blu-ray] (1962) *EXTREMELY RARE OOP NEW*


Following the collapse of his clan, an unemployed samurai (Ran’s Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to commit ritual suicide on his property. Iyi’s clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for a new position, try to force him to eviscerate himself— but they have underestimated his beliefs and his personal brand of honor. Winner of the 1963 Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize, Harakiri, directed by Masaki Kobayashi (The Human Condition) is a fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system.

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Aging samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the home of Kageyu Saito (Rentarô Mikuni) and asks to commit a ritual suicide on the property, which Saito thinks is a ploy to gain pity and a job. Saito tells Tsugumo of another samurai, Motome Chijiiwa (Yoshio Inaba), who threatened suicide as a stratagem, only to be forced to follow through on the task. When Tsugumo reveals that Chijiiwa was his son-in-law, the disclosure sets off a fierce conflict.
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Japanese theatrical poster
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi
Produced by Ginichi Kishimoto
Screenplay by Shinobu Hashimoto
Based on "Ibunronin ki"
by Yasuhiko Takiguchi
Music by Toru Takemitsu
Cinematography Yoshio Miyajima
Edited by Hisashi Sagara
Release date
  • 1962 (Japan)
Running time
134 minutes
Country Japan
Language Japanese

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Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 6.75 in


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