Harakiri ★★★★½

what an excellent film, in all senses of the word. Harakiri presents its narrative in a masterful way and paces its storytelling in an extremely engaging, yet careful, manner. Performances are reserved yet plenty dramatic, and the weight of the film's central conflict is never lost on the viewer even when they jump around from time to time in the narrative.

Framing of each shot and movement of the camera to accommodate each shot is fucking beautiful. My only complaint is a minor one- that the action choreography feels like it could use some improvement- but for a film made in the 60s, I don't feel as if that's enough to knock it.