The Twilight Samurai

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Overview

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 mid-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 ...
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Overview

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 mid-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 sister, 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.
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Special Features

Interviews with director Yoji Yamada and star Hiroyuki Sanada
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2007
  • UPC: 843171005272
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 2:09:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 16,835

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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Funeral [3:33]
2. Seibei [5:48]
3. Learning to Think [2:56]
4. His Lordship [2:53]
5. No More Help [8:35]
6. Kyoto [5:46]
7. Tomoe [5:01]
8. Squire Koda [7:23]
9. Duel [5:10]
10. Master of the Watch [4:11]
11. Help at Home [3:17]
12. Festival [2:06]
13. Fishing [7:12]
14. Tragic News [2:58]
15. Preparing for War? [1:13]
16. News From Edo [2:56]
17. Summonded [10:50]
18. Farewell [1:34]
19. Preparing for Battle [3:43]
20. Sending for Tomoe [6:57]
21. Proposal [7:39]
22. Zenemon Yogo [9:46]
23. Short-Sword [9:02]
24. Back Home [8:30]
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Menu

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can You Believe a Sensitive Samurai Film??!!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Twilight years of the Samurai; revealed.

    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.

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