Hara-kiri (1962) Seppuku
Hara-kiri DVD Movie Review
Hara-kiri, or seppuku, is the practice of ritual suicide by disembowelment either to atone for a heinous crime, or to die in an honorable fashion in order to save face. This was a fairly common occurrence during the samurai period. Often during times of peace, when a samurai's master is defeated or slain, all of his employed samurai become ronin. These ronin were usually assimilated by another master in times of war. During peacetime it was much harder for a ronin to find employment since samurai were not in such high demand. Many of these unemployed ronin opted to commit seppuku and die a noble death instead of live the life of a lowly beggar. In order for the seppuku ceremony to take place, the ronin had to "borrow" another lord's courtyard since he could no longer use his master's. When faced with this request, many noblemen decided to have pity on the downtrodden samurai and offer him a few coins to be on his way.
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