The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei)
The Twilight Samurai (Tasogare Seibei) (2004)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 28, 2004
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Critic Score: 99% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Samurai epic as a touching drama.

Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

An affecting look at the vulnerable side of a warrior

Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Beautifully captures the end of an age.

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Charles Ealy
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

A story of a father who finds fulfillment in being a father.

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Erik Lundegaard
Seattle Times

A small, respectful corrective.

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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

About the last days of an era, whittled to a poetic vision of a worthy, solitary man.

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

Yamada has a master's touch, creating a foggy rural world of hills, rivers, and trees in springtime

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Touching, low-key melodrama on the personal side of a japanese warrior / salaryman. Bonus points for cool alternate language titles: Le Samouraï du… More
El Hombre Invisible
A rather quiet film, The Twilight Samurai is a gentle, insightful, beautiful piece about a widower who works as a dull accountant for a war lord. And, oh yes,… More
Dean McKenna
Awesome Japanese 'Jane Austen' samurai drama flick. The direction of the film is beautifully impressionist. Yôji Yamada crafts pictures of everyday… More
xGary Xx
This Oscar nominated historical drama stars Hiroyuki Sanada as a junior samurai with far less interest in battle than caring for his young daughters and senile… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
The Twilight Samurai tells of gentle tale of the sacrifices of a determined father and brave warrior who is burdened, but refuses to succumb to the weight of… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
The harsh ways of the samurai life. No glamour or heroic battles, just a man trying to survive in a very elitist society.