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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 Ohsugi ...
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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Though there is no year stated in the movie, the main events of the movie takes place two years before the 1867-68 "Boshin War" as told by Seibeis daughter in the last scene. See more »

Quotes

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 beautiful, lyrical samurai movie
7 December 2004 | by (Hertford, England) – See all my reviews

I approached director Yoji Yamada's period film anticipating the usual brew of flashing blades, unfathomable codes of honour and majestic arterial sprays but found instead a gently melancholic and beautifully played story of unspoken love and ethical struggle.

Seibei (a mesmerising less-is-more turn from Hiroyuki Sanada) is a low-ranking widowed samurai with a senile mother and two daughters, working in the castle's stores and taking in piecework to get by.

Grief at his wife's death has led him to turn his back on violence but he is confronted with it nonetheless, firstly as a result of the return of a childhood friend for whom he has strong feelings and who is fleeing her abusive marriage and, finally, when the politics of the day overtake his clan and he is ordered to carry out an assassination.

Seibei's struggle is not for outward respect but to find integrity within a social order over which he has no influence, making the bursts of violence all the more jarring.

Yamada's film is rightly compared to Kurosawa's work and its thoughtful, lyrical tone and themes resonate powerfully.


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