A ronin asks a counselor to perform Harakiri in his courtyard. But he is not the first one to ask.
The first thing that struck me when I watched was the camera work. Suddenly, the camera is moving all over the place - and the the eye level although often low is also raised once in a while. The characters develop nicely and the action is delayed to the very last moment, but not as well orchestrated as in Yojinbo, though.
Some of the portraiture closeups were absolutely stunning and should be looked at again.