The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) Reviews

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June 14, 2008
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 | Original Score: 4/5
May 28, 2007
A story of a father who finds fulfillment in being a father.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 13, 2007
Yamada has a master's touch, creating a foggy rural world of hills, rivers, and trees in springtime
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 20, 2005
gives us a humble family man protagonist who goes against the grain of the stereotypical Samurai archetype
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 10, 2005
A masterpiece about a reluctant warrior
February 17, 2005
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 | Original Score: A
October 19, 2004
Twilight Samurai is to Japanese samurai flicks what Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven was to American Westerns.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 1, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
October 1, 2004
Director Yoji Yamada tenderly portrays Iguchi as an anomaly among the ambitious samurai - a quiet man who would rather farm than fight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
September 24, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 17, 2004
Beautifully captures the end of an age.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 16, 2004
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2004
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 | Original Score: B+
August 27, 2004
It is awash in the precision and beauty of the mundane and the everyday.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 8, 2004
A determined, resolutely paced, and atypical samurai movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 30, 2004
Achingly beautiful and deeply moving, The Twilight Samurai turns a familiar genre inside out and finds it full of dramatic gold.
July 23, 2004
A small, respectful corrective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 23, 2004
This could be the first ninja movie that will make you cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 22, 2004
... both confronts the contradictions of the Bushido code in the mercenary world of political expediency and celebrates it in its purest form.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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