Thursday, 11 February 2016

Seppuku / Harakiri

Dir: Masaki Kobayashi
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai

Can anyone rival the immense presence of Tatsuya Nakadai? When NB was 16 years old he watched the Seven Samurai and was completely blown away by Toshiro Mifune's performance. And yet, in a much more understated, controlled way, Nakadai steals your attention in an even more profound way than Mr. Mif. (The comparison between the two fellerz has been made too often for me to go on about it here.)

In Seppuku / Harakiri, Nakadai plays a ronin who visits the house of a local lord looking for a place to die. Or does he? Kobayashi reveals the real plot bit by bit, and after everything is in the open: BOOM! An action scene to rival the best of them.

Rating: Great!

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