Twilight Samurai

Twilight Samurai

DVD - 2004
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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
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Japanese title: Tasogare Seibei


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Apr 08, 2017

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

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!

Jul 28, 2015

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

Jun 30, 2015

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

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.

May 17, 2012

I cannot think of anything negative about this film. The characters, pacing, narration and storyline were incredible.

Mar 28, 2012

A wonderfully atypical samurai movie. This movie focuses on the home and daily life of a low-ranking samurai during the 19th century. It is about relationships, humility and quiet honor. There are touching scenes of the time he spends with his daughters. Several scenes demonstrate the character's unfailing dignity and self-discipline. He abstains from after-work socialization to care for his daughters and senile mother; he offers to fight in place of his friend for the honor of friend/love interest Tamoe yet he is humble with respect to his fighting skills. He also refuses to marry Tamoe not because he doesn't love her but because he doesn't want her to become disappointed with the decline in her standard of living by marrying him. The impact of these themes are achieved with fine acting by Hiroyuki Sanada, the Twilight Samurai, and the supporting cast. In addition, the cinematography adds intimacy and beauty to the film. Well worth watching...

Mar 22, 2012

Interesting human elements, well done.

Dec 21, 2011

An interesting point of view. A Samurai story told by the Samurai's daughter. It is softer than the usual manly samurai films, a rich story line full of humanity. Highly recommended!

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