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Twilight Samurai (The)

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  • Actors: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa
  • Directors: Yoji Yamada
  • Format: PAL, Widescreen, Colour
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Dolmen Home Video
  • Run Time: 133.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KXI8G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,934 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Saibei è un povero samurai costretto a vivere con il misero stipendio di 50 pacchi di riso all'anno. Ormai i samurai hanno perso il loro potere, i duelli sono proibiti e la loro spada non è più segno di rispetto come una volta, così la sua occupazione consiste nel lavorare come impiegato all'ufficio del clan. Dopo il lavoro non può andare con i suoi colleghi a bere sake ma deve correre a casa per accudire le sue due figlie e la madre inferma poiché è rimasto vedovo. Un giorno l'amico Rin-no-Jo gli confida che sua sorella Tomoe ha deciso di lasciare il marito e tornare a casa. Rientrata al villaggio, Tomoe inizia a frequentare la casa di Saibei e a prendersi cura delle figlie del samurai che a poco a poco si innamora di lei. Ucciso il marito della donna in duello, Saibei potrebbe sposarla ma viste le sue ristrettezze economiche non ne ha il coraggio. Tempo dopo, mentre sta per affrontare un altro samurai, viene a sapere che Tomoe si è fidanzata...

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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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By Nish Pfister VINE VOICE on 12 May 2005
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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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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.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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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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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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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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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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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 opinion)'.

I think a lot of stuff has been written by people about the beauty of Japanese poverty and about Japanese simplicity / nobility / restraint etc..I think that this commentary is a a little overdone.

These things are not presented in the film in an abstract way; the simplicity and poverty is due to the unlucky life that Seibei (the main protagonist) has had with his sick wife etc.. and following on from this his low rank in the clan (which is why he is poorly paid). He's a single father really struggling to make ends meet doing the job of both parents and this holds back his career and keeps him in poverty. He's in the situation despite being a very handy swordsman; an illustration that the time of the Katana is over.

In the midst of all this the film shows you the change that are occurring; there's a funny scene where soldiers are trying to get to grips with gunpowder; there's a poignant moment where Seibei's daughter is studying the Classics (Confucius) which at that time only boys were supposed to do. Seibei tells his daughter to read on because it will help her learn how to think; if she learns to do that she will always be ok whatever happens. There's the moment at the end when the erstwhile loyal captain of the guard Zenemon Yogo refuses to commit ritual suicide when he was ordered to by his clan, so goes rogue. Change, change, change.
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