The Twilight Samurai  [DVD]
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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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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.
This is one to own.
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.
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully paced and deep. Not action heavy but when it happens its perfect. Sanada is an AMAZING actor.Published 2 months ago by Krish
A beautifully human and moving film with gorgeous cinematography, an engaging tale & memorable characters.Published 5 months ago by Paul B.
Almost certainly, this is the best introduction you will get to Japanese period drama. The title refers to a brow-beaten clerk who quietly endures daily humiliation from... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Bought it for a present so not watched the film myself but service goodPublished 9 months ago by Arlene
Beautiful and sad story, has subtitles but easy to read, highly recommended. 5 StarsPublished 9 months ago by soso