The third in our series focusing on the film music of Tōru Takemitu,
in partnership with Film
Forum—which presents TAKEMITSU, a 14-day festival of movies scored
by the legendary Japanese composer—looks at 1962's Harakiri,
for which Takemitsu won the award for Best Film Score at Japan's
Mainichi Film Concours.
Film: HarakiriDirector: Masaki KobayashiYear: 1962
trailerCourtesy Shochiku Co., Ltd.
At an Edo clan mansion, penniless ronin Tatsuya Nakadai asks for a
haven to commit seppuku. But when each of his seconds calls in "sick,"
Nakadai begins his own story. Pioneering use of Japanese traditional
music in Takemitsu's tense score.
"[The film score was] revolutionary because it showed us how image
and music ought to be combined."—Masahiro Shinoda
—Courtesy of Film Forum