Harakiri: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1962) / Region A
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Harakiri: The Criterion Collection

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 f-rce 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 fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Jul 18 2011
  • Production Year 1962
  • Empire SKU 1581019
  • UPC Code 715515087513
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

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
Booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Joan Mellen and a reprint of Mellen's 1972 interview with Kobayashi

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    Japanese PCM Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 B&W

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