Harakiri Reviews

November 7, 2018
Both a thrilling character piece and a scathing take down of authority, Harakiri is a tour-de-force and a compelling look into the facade of institutions.
March 18, 2016
It would be wrong for me to reveal the details of the story Tsugumo tells. What I can say is that it is heartbreaking.
May 29, 2015
The 1962 single masterpiece uses ploys of the written word in picturing the past and/or far away to criticize the present.
September 15, 2014
The film has a steady, hypnotic momentum; the director, Masaki Kobayashi, wrings as much drama out of facial twitches as he does out of sword fights.
October 29, 2011
A masterful chess game, filled with many carefully constructed moves, each arranged to fit in a particular place. It's glorious to behold.
September 14, 2011
even if Kobayashi's first period film is an exemplary tale speaking as much to our own times as to Japan's feudal era, it is also a ripping yarn, keeping the viewer gripped with its jigsaw structure and intense performances.
June 19, 2005
July 9, 2003