Harakiri Trailer & Clips


Harakiri (also know as Seppuku) full movie is released on Aug 04, 1964. Watch Harakiri online - the Japanese Action movie from Japan , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $15,222. Harakiri is directed by Masaki Kobayashi and created by Yasuhiko Takiguchi with Tatsuya Nakadai and Akira Ishihama. Harakiri is available online on Criterion Channel and Apple iTunes.

Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri (self-inflicted disembowelment). An elder warrior, Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) seeks admittance to the house of a feudal lord to commit the act. There, he learns of the fate of his son-in-law, a young samurai who sought work at the house but was instead barbarically forced to commit traditional hara-kiri in an excruciating manner with a dull bamboo blade. In flashbacks the samurai tells the tragic story of his son-in-law, and how he was forced to sell his real sword to support his sick wife and child. Tsugumo thus sets in motion a tense showdown of revenge against the house.

As know as:

Seppuku, Harakiri, 切腹, Hara-Kiri, Харакири

Release Date:

Aug 04, 1964

Release Date (Streaming):

Aug 23, 2005





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The World Has Never Understood Why the Japanese Prefer Death to Dishonor! This Samurai Picture Provides The Answer!!, Award Winner Cannes Festival 1963, There are two sides to every blade... One for the enemy... One for suicide by... [HARAKIRI]


Wael Khairy
Masaki Kobayashi’s “Harakiri” illustrates the samurai code as a flawed system hiding behind a façade of honor and principle—it is undeniably the greatest anti-samurai film ever made.
by rottentomatoes, Sep 23, 2022
Roger Ebert
It would be wrong for me to reveal the details of the story Tsugumo tells. What I can say is that it is heartbreaking.
by rottentomatoes, Mar 18, 2016
Michael Sragow
New Yorker
The film has a steady, hypnotic momentum; the director, Masaki Kobayashi, wrings as much drama out of facial twitches as he does out of sword fights.
by rottentomatoes, Sep 15, 2014

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