The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) Reviews

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.
May 28, 2007
A story of a father who finds fulfillment in being a father.
January 13, 2007
Yamada has a master's touch, creating a foggy rural world of hills, rivers, and trees in springtime
June 20, 2005
gives us a humble family man protagonist who goes against the grain of the stereotypical Samurai archetype
June 10, 2005
A masterpiece about a reluctant warrior
March 5, 2005
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.
October 19, 2004
Twilight Samurai is to Japanese samurai flicks what Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven was to American Westerns.
October 6, 2004
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 17, 2004
Beautifully captures the end of an age.
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.
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.
August 27, 2004
It is awash in the precision and beauty of the mundane and the everyday.
August 8, 2004
A determined, resolutely paced, and atypical samurai movie.
July 30, 2004
Achingly beautiful and deeply moving, The Twilight Samurai turns a familiar genre inside out and finds it full of dramatic gold.