The world has never understood why the Japanese prefer death to dishonor! Winner of Prix Special du Jury at Cannes 1963 provides the answer!!
Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri.
Released: September 15, 1962
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi
Casts: Tatsuya Nakadai (Hanshiro Tsugumo), Rentarô Mikuni (Kageyu Saito), Shima Iwashita (Miho Tsugumo), Akira Ishihama (Motome Chijiiwa), Yoshio Inaba (Jinai Chijiiwa), Masao Mishima (Tango Inaba)
Production Companies: Shochiku Co., Ltd.