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directed by Henry Alberto
USA 2016


Instant skater soulmates Beto (Mojean Aria, THE BRONX BULL) and August (Jesse Pimentel, ALL ABOUT EVIL) decide that this world is not for them and decide to go out like kings (assured that the next step beyond is something greater). On their proposed last day of life, the pair head out on the town, blow their collective savings on junk food, harassing "bitches", hanging with friends, and revisiting their various skater haunts. Conflict between the two becomes evident as the prospect of ending their lives has Beto experiencing the wonders of the world anew while August is sure more than ever that there is something better in store for them if they take the next step. A visit to August's alcoholic mother, who is too preoccupied by the prospect of her own possibly fanciful trip to understand what August is trying to say when he tells her is "leaving", sheds some light for Beto on his lover's existential pain; but is love as much a reason to go on living as an assurance of being together forever in death? Billed as "An Experiment by Henry Alberto", the film's dialogues are largely improvised around discussions between the director and his stars, both of whom acquit themselves in a naturalistic and moving fashion even during those times where they are not entirely sympathetic. Contrasting moments of pensive reflection and revelry, HARA KIRI is a stylistically refreshing and interesting dramatic experiment.

Eric Cotenas

Theatrical Release: 11 November 2016 (USA)

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Wolfe Video

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:20:36

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.56 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Wolfe Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
� Q&A with director Henry Alberto (16:9; 9:37)
� Deleted Scenes (16:9; 8:46)
� Alternate Takes (16:9; 2:07)
� Auditions (16:9; 5:33)
� Trailer (16:9; 1:26)
� Previews

DVD Release Date: November 8th, 2016

Chapters 16





Breaking Glass' single-layer DVD has a mid-range bitrate but the videography is intentionally grainy and noisy throughout (deleted scenes reveal a cleaner and more saturated video image). The Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo mix cleanly delivers the dialogue for the most part, although there are plenty of moments where ambient sound is allowed to muffle some of the improvised dialogue (and the closed captioning track reflects that even though there are points where some of it is intelligible). Extras include a Q&A with the director who discusses the homoerotic aspect of skater culture and the extremes of the love story while assuring the audience that he does not advocate suicide. The deleted scenes include more bonding and game-playing between the leads along with a bit more interaction with other skaters while the alternate takes include different versions of parts of the couples' scenes with Cissy and August's mother. Also included are audition tapes of the two leads and previews of other titles.

  - Eric Cotenas


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