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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 ... 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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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

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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

Zenemon Yogo: So they sent you...
Seibei Iguchi: Zenemon Yogo, by order of the clan, I come for your life. Draw your sword, please.
Zenemon Yogo: [Intoxicated] Have a drink? I know you're all keyed up, but I'm going to run.
Seibei Iguchi: Run?
Zenemon Yogo: Yep. I want you to let me get away. If you please.
Seibei Iguchi: I didn't expect that fromt he clan's best one-sword man. My orders are to kill you. I can't let you escape.
Zenemon Yogo: Don't be so impatient, you can kill me at anytime. I'd like to talk to you. Have a seat. It's a nice day.
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Connections

Followed by The Hidden Blade (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Kimerareta Rhythm
Performed by Yosui Inoue
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Oh Sweet Samurai!
5 June 2004 | by crypticcryticSee all my reviews

Twilight Samurai

'Twilight Samurai' is a very sweet film. Sorry, those words, sweet and samurai, may not be used together too much but believe it! With luck, 'The Last Samurai' was just that for Hollywood but please Jollywood bring on more of these.

'Tasogare Seibei' is a story about a low-level Samurai family headed by a widower raising two daughters and his mother who's lapsing into senility. What little action in this film shows how far Seibei (Hiroyuki Sanada) has drifted from his professional prowess. He earns his keep as a scribe and an insect trap maker. When he is called on to defend the honor of his clan, his skill is resurrected although his heart is not in it.

Beautifully filmed and dramatically staged, 'Twilight Samurai' will amuse, dazzle and delight you. Told from the perspective of his daughter reflecting on her life with father, this sentimental tale has the feel of allegory and even novices to this genre will enjoy it. My only criticism is the abrupt ending without a clear resolution. And my lack of Japanese language skills distracted me from this well-acted, set and costumed film.

Just another reason to learn the language.


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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

2 November 2002 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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