Harakiri (Japanese with English Subtitles) (2-DVD)

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DVD Features:

  • High Definition Digital Transfer
  • Video Introduction by Japanese-Film Historian Donald Richie
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Rare Masaki Kobayashi Interview
  • Interviews with Actor Tatsuya Nakadai & Screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto
  • Poster Gallery
  • 32-Page Booklet with Essay by Film Scholar Joan Mellon & Interview with Kobayashi
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English (Optional)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 13 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1962
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: This is a new, restored High-Definition Digital Transfer with new and improved English subtitle translation.
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - Japanese
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Video Interviews:
      1. Tatsuya Nakadai - Actor/Shinobu Hashimoto - Screenwriter
    • Video Introduction:
      1. Donald Richie - Japanese Film Historian
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Poster Gallery
    • Reprint Of 1972 Interview With Kobayashi
  • Additional Products:
    • 32 Page Booklet With An Essay By John Mellen - Film Scholar

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Major Awards:

Cannes 1963 - Jury Prize

Description by OLDIES.com:

Following the collapse of his clan, unemployed samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo (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 charity, try to force him to eviscerate himself, but they have underestimated his honor and his past. Winner of the 1963 Cannes Film Festival's Special Jury Prize, Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri is a scathing denouncement of feudal authority and hypocrisy.

Product Description:

Set in 17th-century Japan, director Makaki Kobayahi's HARAKIRI stars Tatsuya Nakadai (RAN) as masterless samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo. Structured in a series of flashbacks, the film opens in a period of serenity that has brought about a consolidation of power in Japan, resulting in the release of many samurai from their feudal obligations. These men--Hanshiro included--are in desperate straits, struggling to avoid poverty and starvation. According to their code, they must appear at clan estates and offer to commit seppuku, or ritual disembowelment, and often the clan retainer will offer them work or alms. When Hanshiro arrives at such an estate, the chief retainer Kageyu Saito (Rentaro Mikuni) tells him a cautionary tale about the fate of samurai Motome Chijiiwa (Akira Ishihama), who was forced to commit seppuku with a dull bamboo sword as punishment for dishonoring the samurai code. Hanshiro requests that the clan's three best swordsmen act as his seconds for his act of seppuku, but they are nowhere to be found. He then reveals himself as the father-in-law of the tragic Motome and begins to exact his revenge. Arguably Kobayashi's masterpiece, this savage attack on the hypocrisy, cowardice, cruelty, and ultimate emptiness of the institution of the samurai warrior features one of Nakadai's greatest performances as the disturbingly intense swordsman.

Plot Synopsis:

Masaki Kobayahi's violent masterpiece exposes the harsh 17th-century samurai code of honor, which involves the agonizing suicide ritual of harakiri.

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  • Sales Rank: 118,373
  • UPC: 037429207321
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