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Japanese.films.2 Harakiri/Seppuku

In Uncategorized on July 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Second one of the Japanese film series. This is a film from 1962 by Akira kurosawa, and I think it is more deep and authentic than the remake by Takeshi Miike. The film reflects upon the meaning of being a samurai, and the Japanese meaning of honour. Can a samurai in disgrace to bargain his suicide for money to provide a doctor for his dying family, while still preserving his honour? In this moving story set in the period of decline of samurai orders in feudal Japan, a highly psychological battle between values and bureaucratized moral code takes place, via a mix of flashbacks which an old samurai has during his seppuku ceremony, and of troubled reactions of the nobles and other samurais which assist to it. I highly reccomend this film. (click on the image for trailer)

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P.S. : I forgot two more wonderful highlights: 1) the beautiful music, which sounds quite strange and old, but gives to the whole film a more bitter and solemn aftertaste; 2) the beautiful sword fight on a windy beach, which easily justifies seeing the whole film just by its  elegance and intensity. I didn’t think that the same kind of suspense which happens in the best westerns could be repeated in a samurai sword fight.

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