El Paso, TX

July 18 - July 28, 2024 • El Paso, TX


Plaza Art House
Saturday, July 22
Philanthropy Theatre

With stunning cinematography and masterful storytelling, acclaimed director Masaki Kobayashi creates a powerful samurai drama set in 17th century Japan. Hanshiro Tsugumo (Tatsuya Nakadai) is a rōnin who seeks to perform a ritual suicide, hara-kiri, in the courtyard of one of the feudal lords. With poignant performances and captivating storytelling, the film unravels the profound moral dilemmas created when personal integrity and societal expectations conflict while condemning Japan’s feudalism. The beautifully shot film explores the complexity of societal relationships while challenging perceptions and systems of oppression. The universal themes of honor, justice and the search for personal truth leaves a lasting impact on viewers. This critically acclaimed film is considered by many to be one of the best samurai pictures ever made. — Keri Moe

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Rated: NR