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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 2 young daughters, an aged mother, clan loyalties, 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 37 wins & 7 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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Plot Keywords:

japan | samurai | duel | widower | poverty | See All (31) »

Genres:

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

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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Connections

References Apocalypse Now (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Kimerareta Rhythm
Performed by Yosui Inoue
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Gently Powerful
31 March 2005 | by elliot murgatroydSee all my reviews

The settings and photography in this film are not "grand" but give the impression of realism and the grittiness of life in feudal times. The storytelling devices and attention to detail are core to the feeling I took away from this film, which was one of dipping into a tiny slice of time but seeing a myriad of ageless issues (honour, duty, grief, non-ambition, family priorities). However, what really impressed me was the way the main part (played by Hiroyuki Sanada) grew through the film. At the beginning of the film he seemed physically smaller, his whole demeanour and features were weak and insignificant. Having never seen him act before, I felt I was going to struggle to relate to this man as a lead role. It was incredible to see him (partly through acting and partly through subtle directing) grow into the figure we see at the end; he's taller with wide shoulders and strong features, yet remains a gentle and humble man. This is a very touching film and one which I could definitely watch over and over.


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