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Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsur? Tamba View All


Shinobu Hashimoto (Screenplay), Masaki Kobayashi (Director) View All

Release: Sep. 15th, 1962
Runtime: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Down-on-his-luck veteran Tsugumo Hanshir? enters the courtyard of the prosperous House of Iyi. Unemployed, and with no family, he hopes to find a place to commit seppuku—and a worthy second to deliver the coup de grâce in his suicide ritual. The senior counselor for the Iyi clan questions the ronin’s resolve and integrity, suspecting Hanshir? of seeking charity rather than an honorable end. What follows is a pair of interlocking stories which...
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Hanshiro is given permission but not before the clan leader tells him of the other ronin, Motome, that came to commit seppuku.
Question to ponder about: Why did the aging samurai commit harakiri at the end of this film when he clearly denounced the act of harakiri, claiming that the samurai code was merely a facade.
In the film, the ancient morals of the samurai regime are put to the test, wherein the very honor and morality of being a samurai are questioned to uncertainty.
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