6 of the BEST Samurai Movies for Ghost of Tsushima (and Shogun) Fans

6 of the BEST Samurai Movies for Ghost of Tsushima (and Shogun) Fans

Harakiri Poster and Movie Still Photo

4. Harakiri (1962)

The first of our films to not be directed by Akira Kurosawa; Harakiri is a very slow burn, which mostly takes place in a courtyard. A Ronin (masterless Samurai) has requested the use of a House’s courtyard to perform the honourable act of suicide by disembowelment with your own sword known as, you guessed it, harakiri.

Turns out that lots of Ronin have been asking to off themselves in rich people’s courtyards because of how often they’d be convinced to just take some money and move on instead. The Samurai of the house decide to call the Ronin’s bluff.

I don’t want to spoil much more from there, but just know that while you’re in for the slow burn I mentioned, there’s quite an amazing payoff and some twists that are worth the journey too. I will however mention that towards the end of the film there is a scene that involves a duel and a hell of a lot of wind, something which feels very, very Ghost of Tsushima.

The films was remade in 2011 as Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai – but from what I’ve heard it doesn’t manage to match the 1962 version, despite expanding on some elements of the story.