Harakiri

Harakiri ★★★★★

It has everything. The framing, the score, the cinematography, Tatsuya Nakadai's nuanced performance; everything in here makes Harakiri nothing else than a masterpiece. Let's not forget the themes explored by Masaki Kobayashi: honour and hypocrisy; something that's still so much relevant to this day. I had read pretty much everywhere that Harakiri was something masterful, something flirting with perfection. My expectations were then sky high, but were more than met. It exceeded my expectations. What an absolute perfect piece of art.

Swordsmanship untested in battle is like the art of swimming mastered on land.

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