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The Twilight Samurai [DVD]

Hiroyuki Sanada , Rie Miyazawa , Yoji Yamada    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Osugi, Mitsuru Fukikoshi
  • Directors: Yoji Yamada
  • Producers: Hiroshi Fukazawa, Shigehiro Nakagawa, Ichirô Yamamoto
  • Format: Closed-captioned, PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Palisades Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,152 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Highly acclaimed Japanese historical drama set in the late 1800s about a low-ranking samurai, Seibei (Hiroyuki Sanada), who has been caring for his two adored daughters and his aging mother since the death of his wife. While his co-workers go out drinking at the end of the day, he heads straight home to his family, earning the nickname 'Twilight Samurai'. A new chance of happiness appears to open up for Seibei when a long-ago childhood love, Tomoe, moves back to the area after fleeing her brutish husband. To defend her honour, Seibei challenges her husband to a duel - which he wins, despite being armed only with a sharpened stick. Seibei is then asked if he wants to marry Tomoe, with whom he is desperately in love, but, tragically, the Samurai code of honour and his shame about his poverty-stricken status force him to refuse her.

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Thought provoking 7 July 2005
Set in the early days of the Meiji Restoration, when power was being returned to the Emperor and Japan was in a period of rapid modernisation, this charming film shows that the choice of accepting change is a very personal one. Unlike the Hollywood version in the Last Samurai, with it's lame irony of Tom Cruise fighting against western industrialisation, this film shows the changes in society more subtly.
The main character is a samurai clerk who has moved away from war, and has found delight in spending a lot of time with his daughters. However, when his clan sides with the traditional ruling Shogunate against the Imperial forces, he has to make some very crucial decisions about his life, and his family.
Beautifully filmed with a refreshingly slow pace, this is a suberbly made film in every way. The film also shows the nature of Japanese life, culture and heirarchy in a period of massive change.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful 12 May 2005
By Nish Pfister VINE VOICE
surprising, sensitive, beautiful, it also gives an insight into Japanese culture and traditions. I specially liked the slow pace, even the fighting scenes have that calm deliberate air. How do they manage to make everything look so beautiful, even poverty?
This is one to own.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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After 3 times of viewing, it still touch my heart with emotion - superb character developments. The plot flows seamlessly. Action scenes are not super-man style but giving powerful differences. The ending is so touching that I cries like never before with other movies... This simple title will surely mesmerise your soul. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY LOVE THIS FILM.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have 14 Jan 2007
Hiroyuki Sanada's quietly dignified portrayal of an impoverished samurai is a delight. A splendidly shot film that moves with only what I can call grace to it's moving end.

The two fight scenes are excellent and it's nice to see more genuine sword play than the normal flashing steel stuff that is usual.

I've watched it 5 times and still not tired of it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best foreign films ever 12 Jan 2007
This is a simply beautiful film that captures the beauty of of Humility, love and Courage.

Do not overlook this film because it is foreign. It is a superb film and now one of my all time greats.

It is one of the best foreign films you will ever see in your lifetime and the hero of the story epitomises what real heroism is all about. You will find it hard not to be moved by this film. Oh if only all films had such an impact.

A must see film for any cinema connoisseur!!! 10/10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 9 Aug 2008
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A beautifully filmed story of loyalty, love and honour as displayed by a down-at-heel widowed samurai, Seibei, struggling to make a living as a clerk with two children and a senile mother to take care of. He is mocked by his work colleagues for never joining them in their evening revelries preferring, instead, to devote his time to caring for his family.

He becomes involved in a duel to protect a friend who has been insulted by the abusive and drunken ex-husband of the friend's sister, with whom Seibei is developing a close relationship. Through this brief encounter, Seibei is shown to be a skilful swordsman. This leads to his being called upon by his clan to defend their honour by confronting and fighting to the death another samurai who is also acknowledged as a skilled swordsman, but who has refused to commit suicide when ordered to do so by his master. Seibei, as a modest self-effacing man with an overriding concern for his family has no wish to become involved but is given no choice.

The film illustrates the rigid structure of Japanese society of the time and the way in which authority is unquestioned. Had the same story been filmed in Hollywood the fight scenes would undoubtedly have been more violent and acrobatic and the love story more passionate and graphic. However, the handling of the story here is very sensitive and low-key.

A wonderful film which I will undoubtedly watch over and over again.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best samurai movie i have ever seen 17 Mar 2005
By A Customer
since i bought the dvd, i have seen it five times and every time i discover something new and amazing about it. for me,it is truley the only perfect movie . if you are looking for samurai fights, then twilight samurai maybe is not the one for you as it has only two (spectuclar sword fights) in the whole movie. but if you looking for strong and meaningfull movie, then you have to see it. seibie the twilight samurai, is a poor man who devoted his life to take care of his two young daughters and his mother. at the sametimes he is still a high ranked samurai and need to do his duty when his help is needed.
Hiroyuki Sanada (Ujio in the last samurai) is a great actor and in this movie we can see and feel how he captures all the emotions and pain of seibie. the superb acting is accomplished with magnificent directing of Yoji Yamada who is a very well known japanese director and friend of late Akira Korosawa.
if you decided to see one foreign movie, without any doubt you should pick twilight samurai.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely story, beautifully told. 27 Dec 2006
This is a lovely film - the telling of a simple story in a beautiful, well paced way. It's not an action film by any means. Whilst there are two 'action sequences' (although not in the Hollywood manner of things) they are perfectly placed in the context of the story of the male leads life - that of a simple samurai 'accountant' in the clan, trying to bring up his beloved daughters following the death of his wife. Taken for what it is (and not what you might expect) I can thoroughly recommend this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Best film I have seen in years, great story, not a lot of fighting in it, but that's not what its about,even better when I discovered that it base on a true story
Published 6 months ago by SJ Proctor
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent film
A true master piece in my opinion and worth every penny. Safe to say its one of my favorites to watch if there isn't anything on t.v.
Published 7 months ago by Hannah Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT story and film
Superb cinematography, atmospheric and very easy on the eye - GREAT film. One of those films you will happily watch again.
Published 7 months ago by niall corr
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies out there.
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Beautiful movie that takes another look at the samurai class of feudal Japan. Well made, and a personal favorite on my movie shelf.
Published 10 months ago by Johnny Danner Danielsen
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Samurai films you wont regret watching this one
The film has many good qualities. Well directed and well-acted. With a good storyline. So few films are made about the Samurai these days so this is a must see. Read more
Published 16 months ago by REDSHIRT
1.0 out of 5 stars Name and subtitles do not fit
One would expect that if one buys a film called "Twilight samurai" from UK there would be subtitles in English. Well they are in Italian!
Published 17 months ago by tapio mansten
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie so much!
This is not typical SAMURAI movie, more about every day life of poor but warmhearted SAMURAI. Sweet love story, very traditional Japanese style tough, funny and hart warming story... Read more
Published 22 months ago by juju
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what i expected, bad picture quality as well...
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I bought Tartan Video's version to ensure myself of good picture quality. I also read at least 20 reviews to be sure there was no questionmark whatsoever... Read more
Published on 23 Jan 2011 by Daniel Svensson
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor picture quality...
I'm surprised!

I bought Tartan Video's version to ensure myself of good picture quality. I also read at least 20 reviews to be sure there was no questionmark whatsoever... Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars Twilght. The moment of change
Let me first say that this is a really great film perhaps only slightly spoiled by the ending. If the ending was as good at that for say 'The insider (the best ending ever in my... Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2010 by Michael Badu
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