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Harakiri at the Uptown

  • Sep 16, 2013 · 6:45 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

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!

Greg

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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    After reading the comments, I'm really sorry I missed it.

    September 17, 2013

  • Greg

    While I wasn't expecting an actual act of harakiri to be performed on the screen (and with a bamboo sword!), it was a necessary scene, even if gut-wrenching (though much of it has to do with how it is acted out). Regardless, this is a truly great film, one in which the main character attacks the idea of honor in general and the bushido code in particular like a Japanese Falstaff. Still, I wish more people had been able to come out, as the DCP presentation looked stunning! If you like samurai films, SIFF Uptown is showing samurai movies every Monday at 7 through October. Check them out!

    September 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So sad I didn't get there. Missed my bus by a couple seconds.

    September 16, 2013

    • Natalie B.

      We missed you, too!

      September 17, 2013

    • Greg

      Also, I'm changing your status to "didn't attend." "No shows" are people who said they were coming, but then don't show up and don't tell me, kind of like an unexcused absence. You called, so you're excused! :-)

      September 17, 2013

  • Natalie B.

    A really terrific film. Too bad more Cinema Club folks didn't come!

    1 · September 17, 2013

  • Peru

    Sorry for the last minute change!

    September 16, 2013

    • Greg

      Not a problem, Peru. Hope you can join us next time!

      September 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How do I find the "How to find us" section????

    September 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Natalie.

      September 15, 2013

    • Greg

      It used to actually be called "How to Find Us," I think, but then Meetup changed a bunch of stuff. :-)

      September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Natalie.

    September 15, 2013

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