The twilight samurai

The twilight samurai

DVD - 2004 | Japanese
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Set during the Bakumatsu period (mid 19th century) a low-ranking samurai is forced to choose service over love.
Publisher: [United States] : Empire Pictures, [2004]
Branch Call Number: JAPANESE DVD TWILIGH
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: In Japanese with English subtitles
Alternative Title: Japanese title: Tasogare Seibei

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StevenRobinson
Apr 08, 2017

If you love the old Akira Kurosawa films, you will love this as well. Beautifully done, brilliantly acted. Wonderfully human story.

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dcb_0
Apr 08, 2017

Just a fantastic film. A very feminine perspective for the genre anyway, and that makes it a stronger story. The character of Tomoe san shows great virtue of a woman choosing a simple life over wealth, and in her own gutsy way too. Long lost values of duty, perseverance and devotion on exhibit, as in a museum, frozen in time, these things make it a must see!

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pianomarket
Oct 10, 2015

This is a realistic drama, not an action movie, about a low ranking samurai in late 19th century Japan. He struggles to support his family. There are only two realistic fight sequences. Strong acting. This movie won the Japanese awards for best movie and best actors. Students of modern Japanese history will particularly enjoy this movie.

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0cho
Jul 28, 2015

A little slow at times but overall a very good movie.

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uugene
Jun 30, 2015

A movie about social hierarchy's crushing effect upon individual lives. Well portrayed, with a quaint and fascinating setting.

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akirakato
Jun 03, 2015

This is a 2002 Japanese film (『たそがれ清兵衛』) directed by Yoji Yamada (山田洋次), based on the short stories written by Shuhei Fujisawa (藤沢周平).
Set in mid-19th century Japan, a few years before the Meiji Restoration, it follows the life of Seibei Iguchi, a low-ranking samurai employed as a bureaucrat.
Poor, but not destitute, he still manages to lead a content and happy life with his daughters and senile mother.
Through an unfortunate turn of events, however, Seibei has to make a life-threatening decision.
Superb are the performances of Rie Miyazawa (宮沢りえ) and Hiroyuki Sanada (真田広之).
It is a gripping and heart-wrenching yet heart-warming-at-the-end drama.

voisjoe1 May 24, 2013

Twilight is the nickname for our samurai protagonist and he is at the stage in life where he, a recent widower, wants to spend the rest of his life taking care of his two young daughters. But like fighters in mafia movies or war movies, one is required to serve the godfather or commander-in-chief; therefore Twilight is required to risk his life at the beck and call of the clan leader. Too bad now that he has other interests than those when he first became a samurai. And too bad that he is doing it for peanuts as he never rose very high in the samurai ranks. This film tries to depict a samurai as someone who just works for a living just like anyone else. This film was nominated for Oscar for best language film and was internationally recognized.

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anthonyeon
Dec 17, 2012

Moving, with exciting moments of action and beautiful direction. Historically accurate and understated acting. Well derserving of Oscar Nomination. I highly recommend it.

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disconnect_
Oct 13, 2012

The 'Unforgiven' of samurai films and for anyone new to the genre an excellent place to start!

feyaamante Jul 06, 2012

A well made movie! I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of those movies you would like to see again.

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