"I'd easily rank this as the best samurai movie I've seen to date and easily one of my top 5 movies of all-time."
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi
Producer: Tatsuo Hosoya
Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai, Shima Iwashita, Akira Ishihama, Testsuro Tanba (Testsuro Tamba)
Running Time: 134 min.
Plot: After a samurai is forced to commit harakiri before a lord, his father-in-law returns to the scene, seemingly to play out the same agonizing suicide ritual. For connoisseurs of samurai action, "Harakiri" is not to be missed.
Availability: This title is available at HKflix.com
SLAXOR'S REVIEW: Have you ever reached a point where you think you've seen everything great that movies have to offer; and then a movie comes along that just floors you and makes you realize their still are masterpieces out there to be found?
Up until seeing this film, the majority of my exposure to the Chambara/Samurai genre involved movies more concerned with making sure the blood was spraying at least 20 feet, like a fountain, and less concerned with actually presenting an interesting and intriguing story. After watching Harakiri, I don't know how I'll be able to even revisit those types of films as my personal pedigree has been raised to what I can only assume is a level no other Chambara movie will be able to surpass.
Where to start? The amazing acting? The flawless direction? The beautiful set pieces? The intriguing story? The sheer perfection of everything?
I think I'll go the cheap route and let that previous paragraph do the majority of speaking for myself, as far as this review goes. I'm sure there's at least 50 reviews out there better then anything I could conjure up if you really want story details and such. I'd easily rank this as the best samurai movie I've seen to date and easily one of my top 5 movies of all-time.
SLAXOR'S RATING: 10/10