SIFF is showing Samurai Mondays all this month and next month. Starting yesterday with The Seven Samurai, the series continues with the original Harakiri next week (not to be confused with Takashi Miike's remake). We will be going to the 7 pm showing of this classic samurai movie.
From Roger Ebert's Great Movies review:
Samurai films, like westerns, need not be familiar genre stories. They can expand to contain stories of ethical challenges and human tragedy. "Harakiri," one of the best of them, is about an older wandering samurai who takes his time to create an unanswerable dilemma for the elder of a powerful clan. By playing strictly within the rules of Bushido Code which governs the conduct of all samurai, he lures the powerful leader into a situation where sheer naked logic leaves him humiliated before his retainers.
Also, we have a code that will get all Seattle Cinema Club members $3 off the $11 ticket price! I have put it under the "how to find us" section, so that only club members can see what the code is. When you purchase your tickets, please let the ticket seller know that you have a code. Otherwise, you will be charged full price. NOTE: THIS DISCOUNT ONLY APPLIES TO FULL PRICED TICKETS. IF YOU'RE A MEMBER, YOU'RE PAYING $6 FOR YOUR TICKET, NOT $3.
We will meet between 6:30 and 6:45 in the lobby. Once you've bought your tickets at the window (using your code), meet me in the lobby next to the water fountain, right in front of the doors leading to Uptown 1. This black-and-white film is 133 minutes long (or 135 minutes long, depending on whether your information is from the SIFF website or from Roger Ebert) and is unrated.
Go here for more information on this showing, including a trailer: http://www.siff.net/cinema/harakiri
Here is the rest of Roger Ebert's Great Movies review: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-harakiri-1962
Also, SIFF has a strict no talking or texting policy, so please make sure that your phone is turned off before the film begins. And yes, whispering counts as talking, so don't do it. Save your discussion for after the movie ends, as we will have a post-movie discussion, either at the Mecca Cafe or Pagliacci's, depending on how many people show up. Once the credits have finished and everyone who needs to has used the restrooms, we'll meet back up near the water fountain before heading out to one of those locations.
Hope to see you there!
P.S. We may not be the only group going to see this, so look for the SEATTLE CINEMA CLUB MEETUP sign. Also, my phone will be on until about 5 minutes before the movie begins. I will turn it back on once the credits have finished and I have re-entered the lobby.