Harakiri, 切腹,Seppuku Image 1

From Brushed in Light: Calligraphy in East Asian Cinema by Markus Nornes

  • The title is superimposed over a screenscape of a samurai helmet. The original title in Japanese is "seppuku," the ceremonial method of suicide involving a sword thrust into the side and drawn across the belly. The first character is written vigorously, but with decisive, bold strokes. The left-hand radical for body (月), has a violent and deformed area in its midriff. It is surrounded by spots of ink, appearing as blood spatter. And the final character's brushwork is loose, implying a loss of control.
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  • Asian Studies
  • Media Studies
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