harakiri pt.2

in the film, lack of employment is a major factor and the driving force behind the motives and actions of the main character.  he is a widowed former warrior who is forced to make umbrellas as a means of supporting his daughter, son in law, and grandson.  he is essentially destitute as a result of repeated attempts to make ends meet; the skills that he obtained through years of training are of no use.   in today’s world, i see a few loose similarities between having a degree and having warrior skills during peacetime; unemployment is so strikingly severe and widespread these days, that a degree is no guarantee of a job.  it didn’t matter how adept a samurai was back then, and it generally doesn’t matter how educated a job seeker is now.  in the enclosed film trailer, the main character states, “this thing we call samurai honor is ultimately nothing but a facade”; is the tradition of collecting a university certificate indicating that one has completed a series of courses also a thin facade?  just a thought.



  1. gypsy

    hey gary, i know you are a movie buff, so i have an idea. since reading your review (so to speak) on this harakiri movie and whetting my appetite for renting it, why don’t you give reviews on movies that you have seen and found to be great, or on the contrary, found to be duds. your description of this one brings what i would think to be a mostly violent film down to a human level. so, what about it? how about some movie reviews – especially since the computer age has isolated people into their homes now for the most part, without verbal communication (we text – of course this is another whole subject). but for real, we could read your reviews, go rent a movie, and call it a night!

  2. PREMO459

    There was an episode on 20/20 – There were discussing one man theory that college can be a waste of time, in today’s market. Students are taking huge loans, only to defer when they cannot find suitable employment; Only to go into default because they can’t make ends meet. So I say, this issue you are raising is of high importance. As a subject, one of the other statements I read about a person’s sole goal of finding Life purpose (or something like that) – As a society, we are trained to believe that expensive colleges are determinating sources of high quality Life living… or that working endless hours to send our kids to those college is what one is on this planet to do… every facet of our consumerist existence plays a role in solidifying our determination to achieve the “American Dream” – I wonder, who had that dream first?

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