"Hottentot Apron: A Sketch" director Kei Shichiri brings us another poetic film in "Sleeping Beauty". With voiceover narration by Naoki Yamamoto and Hidetoshi Nishijima (Dolls, Vacation) Shichiri presents audiences with an intuitively structured film that explores what it is to be human.
Harakiri - Masaki Kobayashi (1962)
Director Masaki Kobayashi delivers a damning depiction of samurai honour in his 1962 classic "Harakiri". Screen legend Tatsuya Nakadai stars as an impoverished ronin who asks for the privilege of committing ritual seppuku in the forecourt of a nobleman's estate. This nobleman (played by Rentaro Mikuni) doesn't realize that this ronin is in fact connected to another samurai who committed seppuku at his estate a short time before.