The film deals with the story of Genesis, reimagining it. Merhige revealed during Q&A sessions that its primary inspiration was a near death experience he had when he was 19, after a car crash. Merhige also stated that he would like this film to be the first of a trilogy. He was experiencing difficulties getting proper funding, and at the time it was unknown if/when the two other films would be made. The second film of the unofficial trilogy, a 14-minute film entitled Din of Celestial Birds, deals with evolution. It premiered in 2006 on Turner Classic Movies, and was shot in similar visual fashion.
The ritual suicide, also called “Harakiri” or ” Seppuku”, was performed in front of an audience, and samurai sliced open their stomach - hence “hara” (stomach) “kiri” (cutting) - with a short blade called a tantou, moving the dagger from right to left. Their intestines would then spill out onto a small tray, and the samurai was then decapitated. In some instances, the samurai was not decapitated and died from blood loss or shock. As this illustration points out, there were different styles of disembowelment: single-line disembowelment (ichimonji-bara), crosswise disembowelment (jumonji-bara), crosswise disembowelment in modified T-shape (henkei jumonji-bara), and vertical disembowelment (nambu-bara). The above Japanese illustration depicts these four types as well as pointing out how the blade should cut into the flesh.
And the girl took the long, sharp hairpin that the man had given her And she cut the great black dog’s throat, from sternum to jaw And at the first prick of the hairpin, the dog went stiff and silent And fell, still as death And from the hole in the dog’s throat emerged the man His hair and skin and eyes still as black as the dog’s And his throat cut as the dog’s was From sternum to jaw
During medieval times, the penalty for high treason in England was to be hanged, drawn and quartered in public and though it was abolished in 1814, it has been responsible for the death of thousands of people. In this torture technique, the victim is dragged in a wooden frame called a hurdle to the place of execution. They would then be hanged by the neck for a short period of time until they are near-death (hanged), followed by disembowelment and castration where the entrails and genitalia are burned in front of the victim (drawn). The victim would then be divided into four separate parts and beheaded (quartered). (Source)