The world has never understood why the Japanese prefer death to dishonor! Winner of Prix Special du Jury at Cannes 1963 provides the answer!!
Aging samurai Hanshiro Tsugumo arrives at the home of Kageyu Saito and asks to commit a ritual suicide on the property, which Saito thinks is a ploy to gain pity and a job. Saito tells Tsugumo of another samurai, Motome Chijiiwa, who threatened suicide as a stratagem, only to be forced to follow through on the task. When Tsugumo reveals that Chijiiwa was his son-in-law, the disclosure sets off a fierce conflict.
Released: September 15, 1962
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Writers: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi
Casts: Tatsuya Nakadai (Hanshiro Tsugumo), Rentarô Mikuni (Kageyu Saito), Shima Iwashita (Miho Tsugumo), Akira Ishihama (Motome Chijiiwa), Yoshio Inaba (Jinai Chijiiwa), Masao Mishima (Tango Inaba)
Production Companies: Shochiku Co., Ltd.