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Twilight Samurai [DVD]

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  • DVD
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  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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 film that breaks movingly from the traditions of the genre.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FRF005272

  • Credits
    Hiroyuki Sanada, Henry Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Min Tanaka, Tetsuro Tamba, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Miki Ito, Erina Hashiguchi, Ren Osugi, Hiroshi Kanbe, Keiko Kishi
  • Critic Reviews
    "[The] story is told by director Yoji Yamada in muted tones and colors, beautifully re-creating a feudal village that still retains its architecture, its customs, its ancient values, even as the economy is making its way of life obsolete."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "A beautiful, moving deconstruction of national folk myths."
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    "An intimate epic..."
    USA Today

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