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The Twilight Samurai (2002)

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Original title: Tasogare seibei

Release Date
Apr 23, 2004
DVD Release Date
 R1: May 31, 2005

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Running Time
2 hours, 9 minutes

Country Japan

Studio Empire Pictures

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Genre: Action, Drama, Experimental, Martial Arts

Plot: Hiroyuki Sanada, who played Ujio in Edward Zwick's Hollywood epic THE LAST SAMURAI, stars in a different kind of samurai film in Yoji Yamada's poignant drama THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI. Sanada plays the title character (Seibei Iguchi), who gets his nickname because he is a lowly worker who chooses to go home to his family every night at twilight instead of going out with his fellow employees or women. Seibei's wife has recently died, so he is raising his two daughters alone, as well as caring for his aging mother. His well-connected uncle believes he should agree to an arranged marriage so he can be more manly, but Seibei is dedicated to living the life he's chosen. But when his married childhood friend, Tomoe (Rie Miyazawa), wants a divorce from her abusive husband (Ren Osugi), Seibei defends her honor and defeats the sword-wielding man with a piece of wood. When Seibei's clan learns of his victory, the leaders command him to kill Zenmon Yogo (Min Tanaka), something that goes against everything he believes in. Based on the stories of Shuuehei Fujisawa and set during the Meiji Restoration of 19th-century Japan, THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI, which was nominated for a 2004 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, is a special kind of movie, loaded with heart and humanity, a very different samurai

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 Directed by
 Written by
Shuuhei Fujisawa
Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume, Bushi no ichibun, Semishigure
Hiroyuki Sanada
The Last Samurai, Ringu, Ringu 2
Rie Miyazawa
Tony Takitani, Ashura-j no hitomi, The Cabbie
Nenji Kobayashi
Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume, Kôhî jikô, Maakusu no yama
Ren Osugi
Audition, Brother, Fireworks
Mitsuru Fukikoshi
SF: Episode One, Gamera 2: Attack Of Legion, Whiteout
Kanako Fukaura
Inugami, Hush!, Transparent: Tribute to a Sad Genius
Hiroshi Kanbe
Until the End of the World, SF: Episode One, Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume
 Music By
Isao Tomita
Kakushi-ken: oni no tsume

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