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Towards the end of the movie Bridge on the river Kwai, the Japanese Colonel writes a letter and cuts off his hair knot on top of his head. Does this mean he eventually plans on committing ritual suicide for reasons of failure and dishonor?

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No. According to the Bushido code the cutting of ones hair signals a change in life and a lowering of status but not necessarily the act of Hari Kari.

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    You may want to add a source to lend your answer credibility. – Sayan Aug 2 '18 at 13:49
  • Harakiri, not harikari. – evgeny Feb 19 '19 at 18:49

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