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Aging samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo arrives at the home of Kageyu Saito and asks to commit a ritual suicide on the property, which Saito thinks is a ploy to gain pity and a job. Saito tells Tsugumo of another samurai, Motome Chijiiwa, who threatened suicide as a stratagem, only to be forced to follow through on the task. When Tsugumo reveals that Chijiiwa was his son-in-law, the disclosure sets off a f...

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Directed by

Masaki Kobayashi

Written by

Shinobu Hashimoto (Screenplay)
Yasuhiko Takiguchi (Novel)

Runtime

135 minutes

Country

Japan

Language

Japanese

Tagline

The world has never understood why the Japanese prefer death to dishonor! Winner of Prix Special du Jury at Cannes 1963 provides the answer!!

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Keywords

revenge japan suicide samurai poverty asia 17th century seppuku ronin flashback shogunate

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#692 on 1,000 greatest films They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?