Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Seppuku (Masaki Kobayashi, 1962) aka Harakiri

Harakiri (Masaki Kobayashi, 1962)
Rating: 9.5

I thought this film shared a lot of characteristics with Rashômon and discovered afterwards that it was also written by Shinobu Hashimoto who did many of Kurosawa's films. Kobayashi and Hashimoto once again challenge organized authority and end the film on a bleak note. I was told this almost anti samurai picture is Kobayashi's best film, however I still prefer The Human Condition Trilogy and Samurai Rebellion, as I found this one to be a lot more telegraphed as I felt I knew what was going to happen all along. Still it is a fantastic film.

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