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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:
... Seibei Iguchi
Rie Miyazawa ... Tomoe Iinuma
Nenji Kobayashi ... Choubei Kusaka
... Toyotaro Koda (as Ren Ôsugi)
... Michinojo Iinuma
Kanako Fukaura ... Yae Iinuma
Hiroshi Kanbe ... Naota
... 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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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)
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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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Ito: With a sick wife, two young daughters and an aged mother in his care, my father was unable to drink with his colleagues. He had to hurry home every evening at dusk. I was told the men he worked with gave him the cruel nickname of 'Twilight Seibei'.
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Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

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A truly outstanding film
31 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

There were a couple times when I felt this film was veering into MacDonald's-commercial domestic shmaltz, but other than that, this movie was utterly perfect.

I've never been much of a fan of samurai movies, or any other kind of movies that glorify the facile wholesale slaughter of other human beings. So this movie was a real breath of fresh air in how it showed the real place that such samurai fighting occupied in that bygone era in Japan.

But the real star of this film is Seibei himself, his daughters, and his love, Tomoe. And their story is so real, so believable, so moving, it was just incredible.

It's a real shame that this title does not seem to be available on video or DVD in the US. This is one title I'd really like to add to my library.


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