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Harakiri: Arthouse 101: International New Wave


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Harakiri: Arthouse 101: International New Wave

Harakiri: Arthouse 101: International New Wave

Note: Free RSVPs for this screening have now "sold out". If you are still interested in joining us, we will have a standby line that lets in around the time of the screening. If you get into the standby line relatively early, you'll have a very good chance at getting in!

Experience a masterwork of samurai cinema with Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 classic, Harakiri, an essential part of our Arthouse 101: International New Wave series.

In 1630 Edo, Tsugumo Hanshiro finds himself despaired, entering the courtyard of the prosperous House of Iyi to commit seppuku in peace. Inside he finds the senior counselor for the Iyi clan, whom he deems a worthy second to deliver the coup de grâce in his ritual. But Hanshiro is quickly questioned for his integrity, accused by the counselor of seeking charity rather than honor, prompting intersecting stories to lay out the difference between honor and respect, and the various laws set by the code of the samurai.

Winning the Special Jury Award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival, Harakiri is a ruthlessly honest dissection of honor that has fermented with time as one of the greatest samurai pictures ever made.

The Frida Cinema's Art House 101: International New Wave series has been made possible with generous support from the City of Santa Ana.

City of Santa Ana

  • Rating NR
  • Running time 135
  • Genre Arthouse 101

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