Harakiri (35mm)
Dir. Masaki Kobayashi (1962); Japan, 133m
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita
Japanese with English subtitles
Programmed by: Jenny Wechter

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH AT 7:00PM & 9:30PM
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Set in the year 1630, Harakiri begins with rōnin (masterless samurai) Hanshiro Tsugumo making an unusual request of a local lord of the Iyi clan: to use the lord's grounds to commit harakiri- ritual suicide. Director Masaki Kobayashi challenges the feudal customs of Japan's past in a gripping critique of historical perceptions of honor.


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