Japan 2021

Harakiri

Seppuku

When a stranger visits a clan mansion, intending to commit ritual suicide, a story of inhumanity is gradually revealed.

Image from Harakiri

Japan 1962
Dir Masaki Kobayashi
With Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tamba
134min
Digital
English subtitles
Certificate 15

Masaki Kobayashi’s devastating samurai film is perhaps the most piercing assault on feudal values in the canon of Japanese cinema. When a stranger visits a clan mansion, asking permission to commit ritual suicide in their courtyard, a story of ruthless inhumanity is gradually revealed... Shinobu Hashimoto’s compelling screenplay fuses with Kobayashi’s formal style to create an experience of almost ritualistic power.