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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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Performed by Yosui Inoue
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Oh Sweet Samurai!
5 June 2004 | by See 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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