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The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

June 14, 2008
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

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

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 4/4

May 28, 2007
Don Willmott

Yamada has a master's touch, creating a foggy rural world of hills, rivers, and trees in springtime

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

January 13, 2007
Brian Mckay

gives us a humble family man protagonist who goes against the grain of the stereotypical Samurai archetype

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

June 20, 2005
Louis Proyect

A masterpiece about a reluctant warrior

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June 10, 2005
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Deeply humane... a bittersweet, eloquent tribute to a man who is bent but not crushed beneath the weight of his various competing duties.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A

February 17, 2005
Eric D. Snider

Twilight Samurai is to Japanese samurai flicks what Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven was to American Westerns.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B+

October 19, 2004
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The film does have some very memorable moments. And Sanada's convincing performance as the world-weary former man of action certainly helps.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 2004
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

Director Yoji Yamada tenderly portrays Iguchi as an anomaly among the ambitious samurai - a quiet man who would rather farm than fight.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 1, 2004
Marta Barber
Miami Herald
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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 Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

September 24, 2004
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

With Samurai, faced at 71 with what may have been the most challenging project of his career, [Yamada] blossomed like a gnarled cherry tree exploding in flowers on the last day of spring.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 24, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Beautifully captures the end of an age.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

September 17, 2004
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

Yoji Yamada's film has enough nice-guy self-sacrifice and shows of feminine pluck to fuel a Lifetime miniseries. Not that that's a bad thing, given the quiet power that emanates from Sanada's and Miyazawa's dignified performances.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2004
Marc Mohan

Intent on presenting a realistic depiction of mundane life in the 19th century and demystifying a central cultural icon, director Yoji Yamada has crafted a stunningly acted saga that explores the true nature of honor.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

August 27, 2004
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It is awash in the precision and beauty of the mundane and the everyday.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 27, 2004
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

A determined, resolutely paced, and atypical samurai movie.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4/5

August 8, 2004
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Achingly beautiful and deeply moving, The Twilight Samurai turns a familiar genre inside out and finds it full of dramatic gold.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

July 30, 2004
Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times
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A small, respectful corrective.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 23, 2004
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

This could be the first ninja movie that will make you cry.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 23, 2004
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

... both confronts the contradictions of the Bushido code in the mercenary world of political expediency and celebrates it in its purest form.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: A-

July 22, 2004
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