Harakiri ★★★★★

Context derives meaning, and I've never seen a film be greater proof of this than Harakiri. As the story unfolds, one man's request to commit ritual suicide reveals itself to be a bitter revolt against broken systems. Truth lives and dies with the speaker, and the concept of honor itself is put to the test as the depth of the situation reveals itself. The excellent swordfight that concludes the movie is merely a bonus, as the drama of recollections and revelations proves to be as riveting as any that I'll ever see.

Harakiri is a masterpiece, and everyone owes it to themselves to see it at least once.

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