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The Twilight Samurai (2002)

Tasogare Seibei (original title)
A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Rie Miyazawa ...
Tomoe Iinuma
Nenji Kobayashi ...
Choubei Kusaka
Ren Ohsugi ...
Toyotarou Kouda (as Ren Ôsugi)
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ...
Michinojo Iinuma
Kanako Fukaura ...
Yae Iinuma
Hiroshi Kanbe ...
Naota
Miki Itô ...
Kayano Iguchi
Erina Hashiguchi ...
Ito Iguchi
Reiko Kusamura ...
Kinu Iguchi
Setsuko Tanaka
Kii Mizuno ...
Tane
Yuuki Natsusaka ...
Gemba Hattori
Astushi Maeda
Tsukasa Sugawara
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Storyline

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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2 November 2002 (Japan)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,622 (Hong Kong) (23 May 2003)
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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »

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Seibei Iguchi: I am ashamed to say that over many years of hardship with two daughters, a sick wife and an aged mother, I have lost the desire to wield a sword. 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. Perhaps in a month... alone with the beasts in the hills I could get them back. But tomorrow, I am afraid, is completely impossible.
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Followed by Bushi no ichibun (2006) See more »

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Performed by Yosui Inoue
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A film of amazing depth and refined beauty.
4 October 2004 | by (Iowa, Cedar Rapids) – See all my reviews

I had been waiting a very long time for this movie to be released in my area, so when the time came I was fairly excited. Often, when I expect a lot out of a movie I am disappointed and end up hating something that may not deserve it. In this case, however, it lived up to and exceeded my expectations. The story line, character development, framing, pacing and action were all absolutely top-notch in my opinion. The film stands as a stark contrast to many other movies set in the same time period in Japan and beyond that it also possesses a very universal appeal. It reminded me of other good dramas in its tone (at times even a bit like the film "In America") and it had funny moments as well as heart-wrenching sadness throughout. It was effective without being too melodramatic, and did a wonderful job of enticing the viewer to empathize with the main character. From a martial arts standpoint I thought that the techniques used were very realistically applied and not at all outside of the realm of what samurai in this time period would have been doing. The fights were tense but very realistic. The last duel was stylized to a greater degree, reminding me of certain moments in Kurosawa's films and by extension certain Kabuki influences. All in all it was a very strong film. It's deep enough that it could stand up to repeated viewing, and in the way of subtititled films it would actually get better each time. Even if the story doesn't interest you it would be worthwhile to see it for the natural beauty of the location and the shots anyway. One of the finest films about feudal Japan that I have seen, and one of the best films I've seen at all.


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