The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) Reviews
"A serious fight, the killing of a man, requires animal ferocity and calm disregard for one's own life. I have neither of those within me now."
Saw this on 18/12/15
An above avg Samurai drama with effective performances from Hiroyuki Sanada and especially Rie Miyazawa. The setup is predictable, but it's emotional and fast paced. The story could have been better, but it captures the life of a samurai as a common man living in a changing era.
A perfect movie for a Sunday afternoon.
Basically a story of a lowly unkempt samurai who is thrust into the role as a single parent due to the passing of his wife. Two daughters keep him busy along with his duties as a samurai.
Soon he is reintroduced to a woman from his past that is now in an abusive marriage. Somehow he is forced to confront this man in an unusual showdown.
IMO the third act is one of the finest scenes in film. He is the forced to confront a samurai, now considered a demon because of his refusal to perform Seppiku after his failure. Our protagonist appears conflicted in his task to duty against a man who simply wants to live.
It's been a while since I've seen this movie so I may have gotten some of the story wrong. In this case i apologize.