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Sakura Samurai—Summer Movie Series: Harakiri

Time & Location

August 13
Gate Opens: 6pm / Movie Starts: 7pm
The Wharf (Washington, DC)


Join the Japan-America Society of Washington DC for an outdoor screening of Harakiri. This is the second and final installment of the Sakura Samurai—Summer Movie Series.

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This series is co-organized by the Japan Foundation, New York and the Japan-America Society of Washington DC.

© 1962 Shochiku Co., Ltd. Courtesy of Janus Films.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
1962 / 134 minutes / Japanese with English subtitles

Aging samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) arrives at the home of Kageyu Saito (Rentarô Mikuni) 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 (Yoshio Inaba), 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 fierce conflict.

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