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Tatsuya Nakadai, Rentarô Mikuni, Shima Iwashita, Akira Ishihama View All


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

Released: Sep. 16th, 1962
Runtime: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Aging samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo arrives at the home of Kageyu Saito and asks to commit a ritual suicide on the property, which Saito thinks is a ploy to gain pity and a job. Saito tells Tsugumo of another samurai, Motome Chijiiwa, who threatened suicide as a stratagem, only to be forced to follow through on the task. When Tsugumo reveals that Chijiiwa was his son-in-law, the disclosure sets off a fierce conflict.
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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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