Harakiri - Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) (Masters of Cinema)

Release Date: 26 September 2011 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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Of all Masaki Kobayashi's attacks on the cruelty and inhumanity perpetrated by authoritarian power (including The Human Condition and Samurai Rebellion), perhaps none are more brilliant than his visceral, mesmerising Harakiri [aka Seppuku].

In a magnificent performance, Tatsuya Nakadai (Yojimbo, The Face of Another, Ran) stars as Hanshiro Tsugumo, a masterless down-and-out samurai who enters the manor of Lord Iyi, requesting to commit ritual suicide on his property. Suspected of simply fishing for charity, Hanshiro is told the gruesome tale of the last samurai who made the same request – but Hanshiro will not be moved…

Features

SPECIAL DUAL-FORMAT EDITION FEATURES: New, officially licensed, Shochiku high-definition transfer (1080p on Blu-ray) New and improved English subtitle translation Original theatrical trailer Excerpt from a 1993 Directors Guild of Japan interview with Masaki Kobayashi discussing the film with director Masahiro Shinoda An illustrated 28-page booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Philip Kemp, a 1963 interview with Kobayashi, and rare archival production stills
Release Date: 26 September 2011
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
SKU: EKA70034