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Harakiri

Masaki Kobayashi

 
Harakiri (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

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  • Japan
  • 1962
  • 133 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • Japanese
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  • Spine #302

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

Cast

Hanshiro TsugumoTatsuya Nakadai
Kageyu SaitoRentaro Mikuni
Motome ChijiiwaAkira Ishihama
Miho Tsugumo Shima Iwashita
Hikokuro OmodakaTetsuro Tamba
Tango InabaMasao Mishima
Hayato YazakiIchiro Nakaya
Masakatsu FukushimaKei Sato
Jinnai ChijiiwaYoshio Inaba
Umenosuke KawabeYoshiro Aoki

Credits

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Video introduction by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie
  • Excerpt from a rare Directors Guild of Japan video interview with director Masaki Kobayashi, moderated by filmmaker Masahiro Shinoda
  • Video interviews with star Tatsuya Nakadai and screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Poster gallery (DVD only)
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Joan Mellen and a reprint of Mellen’s 1972 interview with Kobayashi

    New cover by Miriam Bossard and Trix Barmettler

Film Essays

Harakiri: Kobayashi and History

By Joan MellenOctober 04, 2011

Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi came of age in the postwar moment, a time when filmmakers . . . Read more »

Posters

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Red-handed

December 19, 2011

Czech poster for Harakiri, 1964, designed by Jan Cihla. Photo courtesy of Posteritati.   Read more »


Film Essays

Harakiri: Kobayashi and History

By Joan MellenOctober 04, 2011

Japanese director Masaki Kobayashi came of age in the postwar moment, a time when filmmakers . . . Read more »