Following the collapse of his clan, unemployed samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the manor of Lord Iyi, begging to commit ritual suicide on his property. Iyi's clansmen, believing the desperate ronin is merely angling for charity, try to force him to eviscerate himself - but they have underestimated his honor and his past. Winner of the 1963 Cannes Film Festival's Special Jury Prize, Masaki Kobayashi's Harakiri is a scathing denouncement of feudal authority and hypocrisy.
DVD Features: Exclusive video introduction by Japanese-film historian Donald Richie, Video interview with director Masaki Kobayashi, Interviews with star Tatsuya Nakadai and screenwriter Shinobu Hashimoto, Poster gallery, Original theatrical trailer, Essay by film scholar Joan Mellen.
Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.