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The Twilight Samurai is a 2002 Japanese film directed by Yoji Yamada. 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. Sadly, through an unfortunate turn of events, the turbulent times conspire against him.

The film is different from many other samurai-themed films in that it concentrates on showing the main character's everyday struggles, instead of focusing on action-oriented battles.

The Twilight Samurai was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 76th Academy Awards, losing to the French Canadian (Québec) film Les Invasions Barbares. The Twilight Samurai also won an unprecedented 12 Japanese Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay.
 

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CastHiroyuki Sanada, Min Tanaka, Ren Osugi, Nenji Kobayashi, Rie Miyazawa, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Hiroshi Kanbe, Erina Hashiguchi, Miki Itou
Genre:  Action, Drama, Adventure
Release Date:  April 23, 2004
MPAA Rating:  Unrated
Runtime:  2hrs 9min
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review by . December 26, 2008
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TWILIGHT SAMURAI (a.k.a. Tasogare Seibei 2002) is based on the novel by Shuhei Fijisawa and is directed by Yoji Yamada who was achieved fame for his Tora-san series in Japan. This acclaimed film is a return to contemporary samurai film-making and quite frankly it is one of the best I've seen. This is the first of Yamada's chambara period drama; The second being the award-winning "Hidden Blade" and the third being 2006's "Love and Honor", both of which I will review separately. …
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