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Masaki Kobayashi

Published December 08, 2005.HarakiriDirected by: Masaki Kobayashi(Paradox/Criterion)Masaki Kobayashi's 1962 moral drama avoids (even criticizes) the epic scale inherent in samurai films. Yet it's thrilling and involving in ways that few straight genre films accomplish. Harakiri?the Japanese term for ritual suicide?has a scene of extended violence of such sobriety it really succeeded in making me cringe. The DVD offers ample insight into one of the key works of Japanese cinema.Mark PalermoCategories: Best of the year (2005)

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