Harakiri by Masaki Kobayashi (The Criterion Collection)
This film is so good, it's out of control. One of my favourite samurai films, it deals with, and challenges, the myth of honour among samurai. Masaki Kobayashi, who also directed the amazing film of a similar motif, <i>Samurai Rebellion</i>, gives us some amazing scenes in this film, using camera angles to convey the twists and turns in the story into a visual form. And it has one of the best fight scenes in Japanese cinema. The end.