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The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) (2004)

The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) (2004)

The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei)



Critic Consensus: Samurai epic as a touching drama.

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Veteran filmmaker Yoji Yamada -- who is perhaps most famous for cranking out most of the 48 films of the Tora-san series -- directs this good-natured drama set in the waning years of the Edo period (1600-1867). Seibei (Hiroyuki Sanada) is a low-level samurai struggling to get by on stipend of 50 rice bales a year while working as a clerk at the clan office. While his co-workers spend their evenings sucking down sake at the local pub, Seibei, whose wife has passed away, heads straight home to care for his two young daughters and doddering mother. One day, his friend Michinojo (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) tells him that his boyhood friend Tomoe (Rie Miyazawa), is leaving her thuggish husband and returning home. Tomoe soon starts to frequent Seibei's house, taking care of his daughters, while Seibei quietly falls in love with the attractive young lass. After defeating Tomoe's husband in a duel, armed with only a pointed stick, Seibei is asked by Michinojo if he wants to marry Tomoe. Seibei declines, too embarrassed by his poverty to accept. Later, as he prepares to perform the distasteful task of killing a fellow samurai, he learns that Tomoe is engaged to another man. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
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Written By: Yoji Yamada, Yoshitaka Asama
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On DVD: Dec 28, 2004
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Erina Hashiguchi
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Critic Reviews for The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei)

All Critics (76) | Top Critics (29)

The story sometimes slips into soapy territory, but when you think the schmaltz is going to ruin it, Yamada gives it just enough of a twist to make you realize this is not your regular romantic film.

Full Review… | September 24, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Beautifully captures the end of an age.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A small, respectful corrective.

Full Review… | July 23, 2004
Seattle Times
Top Critic

An affecting look at the vulnerable side of a warrior

July 2, 2004
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

There is violence -- the gritty, bloody kind, not the balletic jumping off walls variety -- but it is kept firmly in its place and never allowed to take over.

Full Review… | June 14, 2008
Eye for Film

A story of a father who finds fulfillment in being a father.

Full Review… | May 28, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei)

Touching, low-key melodrama on the personal side of a japanese warrior / salaryman.

Bonus points for cool alternate language titles: Le Samouraï du Crépuscule and Samurai in der Dämmerung.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Awesome Japanese 'Jane Austen' samurai drama flick. The direction of the film is beautifully impressionist. Yôji Yamada crafts pictures of everyday life which gives us an inherent understanding of the life of Seibei Iguchi (Hiroyuki Sanada), a low-ranking widowed samurai with a senile mother and two daughters, working in the castle's stores and taking in piecework to get by.
Sanada is really a marvel to watch; he adds a very sensible depth and modesty to the character, and infuses it with some understated comic acting as well.
As his returning childhood friend, Rie Miyazawa has a beautiful, spirited feminity that makes Sanada seem even more of a macho hunk in contrast.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

The Twilight Samurai tells of gentle tale of the sacrifices of a determined father and brave warrior who is burdened, but refuses to succumb to the weight of his responsibilities to his family and clan. Impressive perspective on Japanese history and tradition. Skillful performances and cinematography. Precise emotions. Profound insights. Stunning.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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