The Twilight Samurai

Released 2002


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The Twilight Samurai

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Yoji Yamada
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The Twilight Samurai directed by Yoji Yamada is a sincere elegy about Seibei Iguchi, played by Hiroyuki Sanada. The film is the story of Seibei, who has trained as a samurai and is part of the samurai clan. He does not fight with the clan in any of the battles. Sebei is a recent widower, losing his wife, so he spends his time being the family man. He was left with his two daughters and his older sick mother. Since he is the only care taker for his loving daughters and mother he does not want to risk his life in the battles. When he protects his childhood friend, the beautiful Tomoe, from her violent and drunken ex-husband, word gets around of his fighting ability, getting him assigned to a dangerous mission that could help elevate his financial status, if he isn't killed. The movie becomes very suspenseful as we watch Sebei risk his life and may leave his daughters parentless.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    Mr. Yamada is confident that by taking his time and relishing the leathery arrogance that is the perquisite of a director in his 70's, his audience will follow his whims.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Manohla Dargis

    The film's septuagenarian director deserves his share of the credit for bringing this human story to the screen with engaging B-movie modesty and no small measure of chops.

  • 60

    Variety David Stratton

    A mellow, stately, contemplative study of a stoic, brave man, but it doesn't deliver in the action department.

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Martial Arts, Foreign Language