Twilight Samurai

The Twilight Samurai

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Director: Yoji Yamada, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi

Cast: Yoji Yamada, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi

     
 

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Veteran filmmaker Yoji Yamada -- who is perhaps most famous for cranking out most of the 48 films of the Tora-san series -- directs this good-natured drama set in the waning years of the Edo period (1600-1867). Seibei (Hiroyuki Sanada) is a low-level samurai struggling to get by on stipend of 50 rice bales a year while working as a clerk at the clan office.

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Veteran filmmaker Yoji Yamada -- who is perhaps most famous for cranking out most of the 48 films of the Tora-san series -- directs this good-natured drama set in the waning years of the Edo period (1600-1867). Seibei (Hiroyuki Sanada) is a low-level samurai struggling to get by on stipend of 50 rice bales a year while working as a clerk at the clan office. While his co-workers spend their evenings sucking down sake at the local pub, Seibei, whose wife has passed away, heads straight home to care for his two young daughters and doddering mother. One day, his friend Michinojo (Mitsuru Fukikoshi) tells him that his boyhood friend Tomoe (Rie Miyazawa), is leaving her thuggish husband and returning home. Tomoe soon starts to frequent Seibei's house, taking care of his daughters, while Seibei quietly falls in love with the attractive young lass. After defeating Tomoe's husband in a duel, armed with only a pointed stick, Seibei is asked by Michinojo if he wants to marry Tomoe. Seibei declines, too embarrassed by his poverty to accept. Later, as he prepares to perform the distasteful task of killing a fellow samurai, he learns that Tomoe is engaged to another man.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2011
UPC:
4895033772125
Original Release:
2002
Source:
Ais

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hiroyuki Sanada Seibei Iguchi
Rie Miyazawa Tomoe Iinuma
Nenji Kobayashi Chobei Kursaka
Ren Osugi Toyotaro Koda
Mitsuru Fukikoshi Michinojo Iinuma
Miki Itou Kayana Iguchi
Hiroshi Kanbe Naota
Min Tanaka Zenemon Yogo

Technical Credits
Yoji Yamada Director,Screenwriter
Mutsuo Naganuma Cinematographer
Kazuko Kurosawa Costumes/Costume Designer
Mitsuo Degawa Production Designer
Isao Tomita Score Composer
Yoshitaka Asama Screenwriter
Hiroshi Kuze Choreography
Iwao Ishii Editor
Hiroshi Fukasawa Producer
Shigehiro Nakagawa Producer
Ichiro Yamamoto Producer
Kazumi Kishida Sound/Sound Designer

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The Twilight Samurai 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is a good representation of the falter of the Samurai in the Twilight years of the Edo period (Hence the title). It's nice to see a movie that portrays the Samurai as what they were by that point. A very stratified aristocracy stuck in the olden days. The movie is very human, and the characters are very endearing. If you want action, go elsewhere, but if you want a realistic depiction of the end of the Samurai, this movie hits the spot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most emotionally true and beautiful films released this year, this is a true gem for those discriminating film lovers who appreciate superlative acting and a lovely story. My favorite film for 2004!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago