Efficace et courageuse critique du système féodal nippon, durant l'ère Edo, avec en filigrane une constante prédominance affirmée du sentiment sur le politique, de la liberté individuelle sur l'asservissement clanique, avec un Toshirô Mifune égal à lui-même, c'est-à-dire époustouflant de présence et de charisme, dans une oeuvre importante du cinéma mondial. www.cinefiches.com
A political film that is not really 'for' anything other than personal ethics; it certainly shuns traditionalism but also doesn't advocate any progressivism. The individual stands against power for love and honour, codes which Kobayashi think matter even if not to history. Incredible design, successive mounting of protocols is great build up. Human fallibility in nature's beauty surely influenced Malick.
The social dilemma of the film - bureaucratic traditionalism vs. the sanctity of the family unit - is just as heartbreaking and wrought as Kobayashi's other works. This is Sirk with katanas; heightened family melodrama underscored by incredible B&W cinematography. The extended-family-encounter scene is as brilliantly staged and handled as the action-heavy ending.
My new favorite samurai movie which I guess kind of makes it my new favorite film! This is one of those rare "flawless" films and also stars Mifune and Nakadai! At the moment I would say Masaki Kobayashi is the greatest director of all time. The Human Condition, Hara-Kiri, Samurai Rebellion, come on!
Kobayashi is one of my favourite directors, this does not disappoint. It is extremely angry and passionate, a trademark of Kobayashi's best work (bar Kwaidan) and Mifune was the perfect choice, as he is such a passionate onscreen performer. The atmosphere, like Harakiri, is pressure cooker and we care for the characters. However, it did drag a little at the end which was a shame. 4/5 Brilliant