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The Twilight Samurai (2002)
"Tasogare Seibei" (original title)

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A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife.

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Rie Miyazawa ...
Tomoe Iinuma
Nenji Kobayashi ...
Choubei Kusaka
Ren Ôsugi ...
Toyotarou Kouda
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ...
Michinojo Iinuma
Kanako Fukaura
Hiroshi Kanbe ...
Naota
Miki Itô ...
Kayano Iguchi
Erina Hashiguchi ...
Ito Iguchi
Reiko Kusamura ...
Iguchi's Mother
Setsuko Tanaka
Kii Mizuno
Yuuki Natsusaka
Astushi Maeda
Tsukasa Sugawara
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Seibei Iguchi, a low-ranking samurai, leads a life without glory as a bureaucrat in the mid-XIX century Japan. A widower, he has charge of two daughters (whom he adores) and a senile mother; he must therefore work in the fields and accept piecework to make ends meet. New prospects seem to open up when Tomoe, his long-time love, divorces a brutal husband. However, even as the Japanese feudal system is unraveling, Seibei remains bound by the code of honour of the samurai and by his own sense of social precedences. The consequences are cruel. Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,622 (Hong Kong) (23 May 2003)

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$4,622 (Hong Kong) (23 May 2003)
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Kayano Iguchi: Father, If I learn to do needlework someday I can make kimonos. But what good will book learning ever do me?
Seibei Iguchi: Well, it probably won't ever be as useful as needlework. But you know, book learning gives you the power to think. However the world might change, if you have the power to think you'll always survive somehow. That's true for boys and for girls. All right?
Kayano Iguchi: Yes.
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A truly outstanding film
31 July 2004 | by (Cambridge, MA) – See all my reviews

There were a couple times when I felt this film was veering into MacDonald's-commercial domestic shmaltz, but other than that, this movie was utterly perfect.

I've never been much of a fan of samurai movies, or any other kind of movies that glorify the facile wholesale slaughter of other human beings. So this movie was a real breath of fresh air in how it showed the real place that such samurai fighting occupied in that bygone era in Japan.

But the real star of this film is Seibei himself, his daughters, and his love, Tomoe. And their story is so real, so believable, so moving, it was just incredible.

It's a real shame that this title does not seem to be available on video or DVD in the US. This is one title I'd really like to add to my library.


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