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Harakiri (1962)

NR 1963-09-11 (US) ActionDramaHistory 2h 15m
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The world has never understood why the Japanese prefer death to dishonor! Winner of Prix Special du Jury at Cannes 1963 provides the answer!


Down-on-his-luck veteran Tsugumo Hanshirō enters the courtyard of the prosperous House of Iyi. Unemployed, and with no family, he hopes to find a place to commit seppuku—and a worthy second to deliver the coup de grâce in his suicide ritual. The senior counselor for the Iyi clan questions the ronin’s resolve and integrity, suspecting Hanshirō of seeking charity rather than an honorable end. What follows is a pair of interlocking stories which lay bare the difference between honor and respect, and promises to examine the legendary foundations of the Samurai code.

  1. Masaki Kobayashi


  2. Yasuhiko Takiguchi


  3. Shinobu Hashimoto


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  1. Tatsuya Nakadai

    Tatsuya Nakadai

    Hanshiro Tsugumo

  2. Akira Ishihama

    Akira Ishihama

    Motome Chijiiwa

  3. Shima Iwashita

    Shima Iwashita

    Miho Tsugumo

  4. Tetsurō Tamba

    Tetsurō Tamba

    Hikokuro Omodaka

  5. Masao Mishima

    Masao Mishima

    Tango Inaba

  6. Ichirō Nakatani

    Ichirō Nakatani

    Hayato Yazaki

  7. Kei Satō

    Kei Satō


  8. Yoshio Inaba

    Yoshio Inaba

    Jinai Chijiiwa

  9. Hisashi Igawa

    Hisashi Igawa


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Original Title 切腹

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Original Language Japanese

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