Harakiri (1962)

Harakiri is a 1962 Japanese jidaigeki film directed by Masaki Kobayashi and starring Tatsuya Nakadai as Hanshiro Tsugumo, a rōnin (masterless samurai) who comes to the House of Iyi, a clan of samurai, seeking to commit harakiri (ritual suicide) on their grounds. However, as he tells the story of his life to the clan's chief retainer (Akira Ishihama), it becomes clear that there is more to his request than meets the eye and that he has a deeper purpose for seeking out the House of Iyi.

Harakiri is considered a classic of Japanese cinema and is known for its powerful performances, particularly by Nakadai, and its exploration of themes of honor, duty, and the social and political changes happening in Japan during the Edo period. The film was a commercial and critical success and won numerous awards, including the Blue Ribbon Award for Best Film. If you enjoy historical dramas and are interested in Japanese culture and history, then you may enjoy Harakiri.

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