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Harakiri: The Criterion Collection Blu-ray

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  • Technical Specs
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 127 Minutes
  • Region: A Region?
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Blu-Ray Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Subtitles: English
  • Audio: JAPANESE: PCM Mono
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    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
This well-regarded Japanese drama follows an aging samurai as he attempts to regain his family's honor. In 17th century Japan, a shift in the country's political structure has thrown the feudal Shogun system into disuse. Impoverished samurai wander the countryside, asking wealthy estate owners if they can commit hara-kiri, a grisly form of suicide, on their property. The usual and honorable response is an offer of some work for food or shelter. Into the house of a lord comes Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai), an elderly warrior who asks chief retainer Kageyu Saito (Rentaro Mikuni) that the manor's three hired swordsmen serve as his seconds in the ritual. When the appointed hour arrives, however, the swordsmen do not appear, dishonoring the man. Hanshiro reveals himself to be the father-in-law of Motome Chijiiwa (Yoshio Inaba), a young samurai who had earlier approached Saito and been cruelly forced to go through with the fatal act, disemboweling himself with a dull bamboo blade, as his own had been sold to feed his family.
 
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