The Twilight Samurai Movie Review 2002

Information and Film Reviews for The Twilight Samurai the Movie

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Director Yamada's long-awaited foray into samurai cinema that was definitely worth the wait. Story takes place in mid-19th century feudal Japan and centers on Seibei (Sanada), a very capable but low-level samurai who must single-handedly take care of his aged, senile mother and two young daughters after the recent death of his wife. The hard-working Seibei makes very little from his clan-appointed jobs and spends the rest of his time doing household chores. Still grieving his wife, the staunchly single Seibei slowly begins to soften to the idea of love until suddenly being dispatched by the clan to take on the rebel Yogo (Tanaka), a master swordsman. Yamada lets the human drama takes center stage over the spectacular swordfighting usually found in this genre. Based on a novel by Shuhei Fujiwara.


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Running time 129 minutes.
Originally from Japanese.

Cast and Crew

Samurai, Period Piece: 19th Century, Japan, Widows & Widowers
Yoji Yamada, Yoshitaka Asama
Hiroyuki Sanada, Ren Osugi, Miki Ito, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Hiroshi Kanbe, Min Tanaka, Erina Hashiguchi
Mutsuo Naganuma
Yoji Yamada
Isao Tomita
Kazumi Kishida, Iwao Ishii, Kazuko Kurosawa, Mitsuo Degawa
Shigehiro Nakagawa, Hiroshi Fukasawa, Ichiro Yamamoto, Nippon Television Network, Sumitomo Corp., Hakuhodo Inc.

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