If you love the old Akira Kurosawa films, you will love this as well. Beautifully done, brilliantly acted. Wonderfully human story.
Just a fantastic film. A very feminine perspective for the genre anyway, and that makes it a stronger story. The character of Tomoe san shows great virtue of a woman choosing a simple life over wealth, and in her own gutsy way too. Long lost values of duty, perseverance and devotion on exhibit, as in a museum, frozen in time, these things make it a must see!
This is a realistic drama, not an action movie, about a low ranking samurai in late 19th century Japan. He struggles to support his family. There are only two realistic fight sequences. Strong acting. This movie won the Japanese awards for best movie and best actors. Students of modern Japanese history will particularly enjoy this movie.
A little slow at times but overall a very good movie.
A movie about social hierarchy's crushing effect upon individual lives. Well portrayed, with a quaint and fascinating setting.
This is a 2002 Japanese film (『たそがれ清兵衛』) directed by Yoji Yamada (山田洋次), based on the short stories written by Shuhei Fujisawa (藤沢周平).
Set in mid-19th century Japan, a few years before the Meiji Restoration, it follows the life of Seibei Iguchi, a low-ranking samurai employed as a bureaucrat.
Poor, but not destitute, he still manages to lead a content and happy life with his daughters and senile mother.
Through an unfortunate turn of events, however, Seibei has to make a life-threatening decision.
Superb are the performances of Rie Miyazawa (宮沢りえ) and Hiroyuki Sanada (真田広之).
It is a gripping and heart-wrenching yet heart-warming-at-the-end drama.
Twilight is the nickname for our samurai protagonist and he is at the stage in life where he, a recent widower, wants to spend the rest of his life taking care of his two young daughters. But like fighters in mafia movies or war movies, one is required to serve the godfather or commander-in-chief; therefore Twilight is required to risk his life at the beck and call of the clan leader. Too bad now that he has other interests than those when he first became a samurai. And too bad that he is doing it for peanuts as he never rose very high in the samurai ranks. This film tries to depict a samurai as someone who just works for a living just like anyone else. This film was nominated for Oscar for best language film and was internationally recognized.
Moving, with exciting moments of action and beautiful direction. Historically accurate and understated acting. Well derserving of Oscar Nomination. I highly recommend it.
The 'Unforgiven' of samurai films and for anyone new to the genre an excellent place to start!
A well made movie! I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of those movies you would like to see again.
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