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Tasogare Seibei (2002)

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing 2 young daughters, an aged mother, clan loyalties, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rie Miyazawa ...
Nenji Kobayashi ...
Choubei Kusaka
Toyotaro Koda (as Ren Ôsugi)
Michinojo Iinuma
Kanako Fukaura ...
Yae Iinuma
Hiroshi Kanbe ...
Erina Hashiguchi ...
Reiko Kusamura ...
Kinu Iguchi
Setsuko Tanaka
Kii Mizuno ...
Yuuki Natsusaka ...
Gemba Hattori
Astushi Maeda
Tsukasa Sugawara


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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The Twilight Samurai  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »


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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Jane Austin - Japanese Style
8 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

Slowly building up to what a friend described as a 'High Noon' style climax, this is an astonishing period piece that is both serene and gripping.

Readers of Jane Austin will recognise the society depicted - heirarchical, ruled by family ties, customs and obligations.

The structure, pace and execution of the movie are almost flawless.

If you love film - please go and see this movie. If you make film - please, please go and see this movie and learn something from it!

ps It occurs to me that Twilight Samurai is probably the single best antidote to "Kill Bill" known to man. :-))

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