The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei)
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The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei)
Veteran filmmaker Yoji Yamada -- who is perhaps most famous for cranking out most of the 48 films of the Tora-san series -- directs this good-natured drama set in the waning years of the Edo period (1600-1867). Seibei (Hiroyuki Sanada) is a low-level samurai struggling to get by on stipend of 50 rice bales a year while working as a clerk at the clan office. While his co-workers spend their evenings sucking down sake at the local pub, Seibei, whose wife has passed away, heads straight home to care for his two young daughters and doddering mother. One day, his friend Michinojo (Mitsuru… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 99%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The story sometimes slips into soapy territory, but when you think the schmaltz is going to ruin it, Yamada gives it just enough of a twist to make you realize this is not your regular romantic film."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"An affecting look at the vulnerable side of a warrior"
‑ Scott Von Doviak, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
"There is violence -- the gritty, bloody kind, not the balletic jumping off walls variety -- but it is kept firmly in its place and never allowed to take over."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"gives us a humble family man protagonist who goes against the grain of the stereotypical Samurai archetype"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Twilight Samurai is to Japanese samurai flicks what Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven was to American Westerns."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"Beautifully captures the end of an age."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"As Iguchi, Mr. Sanada epitomizes the kind of man who can still dream and be true to himself amid the daily grind and turmoil. That's a welcome role model in any age."
‑ Charles Ealy, Dallas Morning News
"A story of a father who finds fulfillment in being a father."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A masterpiece about a reluctant warrior"
‑ Louis Proyect,
"The film does have some very memorable moments. And Sanada's convincing performance as the world-weary former man of action certainly helps."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A small, respectful corrective."
‑ Erik Lundegaard, Seattle Times
"About the last days of an era, whittled to a poetic vision of a worthy, solitary man."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Yamada has a master's touch, creating a foggy rural world of hills, rivers, and trees in springtime"
‑ Don Willmott,
"Deeply humane... a bittersweet, eloquent tribute to a man who is bent but not crushed beneath the weight of his various competing duties."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Director Yoji Yamada tenderly portrays Iguchi as an anomaly among the ambitious samurai - a quiet man who would rather farm than fight."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
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