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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
  • 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
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 fierce evocation of individual agency in the face of a corrupt and hypocritical system.
 
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