Masaki Kobayashi is the evil twin of Akira Kurosawa. Where the latter uses film to tell of the ultimate good of humanity, the former uses it to expose its corrupted egos.
Such is the tale told in Harakiri. A ronin arrives at the gate of Clan Iyi wishing to take his life, and is told of another who did the same mere weeks before. This pretender showed up with bamboo blades, an obvious trickster looking for an easy extortion job,…