Thomas Pollock’s review published on Letterboxd:
Film 10# of Japanese Cinema Marathon
Kobayashi's Harakiri (Seppuku) looks at the results and troubles of honour, tragedy and redemption. Se in 16th Century Japan, we see samurai from a different perspective and Kobayashi's use of the camera tells the story perfectly.
The cinematography of the film truly brings you into the film's quiet and sometimes depressing atmosphere. The widescreen format and camera angles where great and made the film very unique. The intensity of the scenes increased when the shots varied between quick zoom-ins, camera tilts, tracking shots and extreme close-ups.
However, it is what the film does thematically that makes it rather spellbinding. As I said, it gives a different approach to the lives of samurai, and here we see a man whose life has had great tragedy, leading up to where he is now facing Harakiri. With some tense swordplay, and raw drama Harakiri is an eessential Japanese film and one for all film buffs to watch!