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The Twilight Samurai (2002)

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

Director:

Yôji Yamada

Writers:

Shûhei Fujisawa (novels), Yôji Yamada (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 38 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hiroyuki Sanada ... Seibei Iguchi
Rie Miyazawa Rie Miyazawa ... Tomoe Iinuma
Nenji Kobayashi Nenji Kobayashi ... Choubei Kusaka
Ren Osugi ... Toyotaro Koda (as Ren Ôsugi)
Mitsuru Fukikoshi ... Michinojo Iinuma
Kanako Fukaura Kanako Fukaura ... Yae Iinuma
Hiroshi Kanbe Hiroshi Kanbe ... Naota
Miki Ito Miki Ito ... Kayano Iguchi
Erina Hashiguchi Erina Hashiguchi ... Ito Iguchi
Reiko Kusamura Reiko Kusamura ... Kinu Iguchi
Setsuko Tanaka Setsuko Tanaka
Kii Mizuno Kii Mizuno ... Tane
Yuuki Natsusaka Yuuki Natsusaka ... Gemba Hattori
Astushi Maeda Astushi Maeda
Tsukasa Sugawara 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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Drama | History | Romance

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Details

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 November 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Twilight Samurai See more »

Filming Locations:

Japan

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,573, 25 April 2004

Gross USA:

$559,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,372,769
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. 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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References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

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Kimerareta Rhythm
Performed by Yosui Inoue
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A Masterpiece
6 August 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Nineteenth Century, in Unasaka, Province of Yamagata, in the Feudal Japan, the widow samurai Seibei Iguchi (Hiroyuki Sanada) works in the warehouse of the local Commissioner during the day and handicraftsman building cages in the night to have an income of 50 koku (meaning "a quantity of rice, historically defined as enough rice to feed one person for one year"). Seibei raises alone his two daughters, the five year-old Ito (Erina Hashiguchi) and the ten year-old Kayano (Miki Itô) and his senile mother (Reiko Kusamura) in a simple property, and has a debt of 20 koku due to the expensive funeral of his wife, who died of tuberculosis, imposed by her family and can not afford to have another wife. His colleagues in the warehouse pejoratively call him "The Twilight Samurai" to express his life without glory. When Seibei meets Michinojo Iinuma (Mitsuru Fukikoshi), his childhood friend tells him that his sister Tomoe Iinuma (Rie Miyazawa) has just divorced from he brutal husband Toyotarou Kouda (Ren Osugi). Seibei reencounters Tomoe, for whom he has been in love since he was a child, but Tamoe is member of a family of 400 koku and Seibei believes their difference of classes makes their marriage impossible. When Kouda challenges Iinuma to a duel, Seibei accepts to replace his old friend and needs to use his skills of swordsman again.

"Tasogare Seibei" is a masterpiece from the director and writer Yôji Yamada, who is unfortunately unknown for me. I am not sure whether other films of Yôji Yamada have been released on VHS or DVD in Brazil. The humanistic story takes place in the period of the Feudal Japan and discloses a totally different samurai, who has a heart full of love for his daughters and mother. I believe that persons like my daughter that has a deep knowledge on the rich and beautiful history of Japan will appreciate this gem much more than me, since they are aware of the social system and code of honor of this period. Nevertheless I loved this film that exposes the end of an era using many metaphors, and which is in the level of Akira Kurosawa or Yasujiro Ozu production. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "O Samurai do Entardecer" ("The Twilight Samurai")


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