8.1/10
19,297
100 user 93 critic

Tasogare Seibei (2002)

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing 2 young daughters, an aged mother, clan loyalties, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

Director:

Writers:

(novels), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 37 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends Munezo and Samon as he leaves their clan's fiefdom on the northwest coast of Japan ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Takako Matsu, Hidetaka Yoshioka
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.

Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Takuya Kimura, Rei Dan, Mitsugorô Bandô
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A samurai goes to extraordinary lengths to provide for his family.

Director: Yôjirô Takita
Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Kôichi Satô, Yui Natsukawa
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya
Ame agaru (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect.

Director: Takashi Koizumi
Stars: Akira Terao, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Shirô Mifune
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa
Ichimei (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Munetaka Aoki, Naoto Takenaka
Harakiri (1962)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Tsukasa, Gô Katô
Goyôkin (1969)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.

Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tanba, Yôko Tsukasa
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Yûzô Kayama
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Rie Miyazawa ...
Nenji Kobayashi ...
Choubei Kusaka
Ren Osugi ...
Toyotaro Koda (as Ren Ôsugi)
...
Michinojo Iinuma
Kanako Fukaura ...
Yae Iinuma
Hiroshi Kanbe ...
Naota
...
Erina Hashiguchi ...
Reiko Kusamura ...
Kinu Iguchi
Setsuko Tanaka
Kii Mizuno ...
Tane
Yuuki Natsusaka ...
Gemba Hattori
Astushi Maeda
Tsukasa Sugawara
Edit

Storyline

Seibei Iguchi, a low-ranking samurai, leads a life without glory as a bureaucrat in the mid-XIX century Japan. A widower, he has charge of two daughters (whom he adores) and a senile mother; he must therefore work in the fields and accept piecework to make ends meet. New prospects seem to open up when Tomoe, his long-time love, divorces a brutal husband. However, even as the Japanese feudal system is unraveling, Seibei remains bound by the code of honour of the samurai and by his own sense of social precedences. The consequences are cruel. Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 November 2002 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Twilight Samurai  »

Filming Locations:


Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Official submission of Japan for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 76th Academy Awards in 2004. See more »

Quotes

Zenemon Yogo: So they sent you...
Seibei Iguchi: Zenemon Yogo, by order of the clan, I come for your life. Draw your sword, please.
Zenemon Yogo: [Intoxicated] Have a drink? I know you're all keyed up, but I'm going to run.
Seibei Iguchi: Run?
Zenemon Yogo: Yep. I want you to let me get away. If you please.
Seibei Iguchi: I didn't expect that fromt he clan's best one-sword man. My orders are to kill you. I can't let you escape.
Zenemon Yogo: Don't be so impatient, you can kill me at anytime. I'd like to talk to you. Have a seat. It's a nice day.
See more »

Connections

Featured in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Kimerareta Rhythm
Performed by Yosui Inoue
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Oh Sweet Samurai!
5 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Twilight Samurai

'Twilight Samurai' is a very sweet film. Sorry, those words, sweet and samurai, may not be used together too much but believe it! With luck, 'The Last Samurai' was just that for Hollywood but please Jollywood bring on more of these.

'Tasogare Seibei' is a story about a low-level Samurai family headed by a widower raising two daughters and his mother who's lapsing into senility. What little action in this film shows how far Seibei (Hiroyuki Sanada) has drifted from his professional prowess. He earns his keep as a scribe and an insect trap maker. When he is called on to defend the honor of his clan, his skill is resurrected although his heart is not in it.

Beautifully filmed and dramatically staged, 'Twilight Samurai' will amuse, dazzle and delight you. Told from the perspective of his daughter reflecting on her life with father, this sentimental tale has the feel of allegory and even novices to this genre will enjoy it. My only criticism is the abrupt ending without a clear resolution. And my lack of Japanese language skills distracted me from this well-acted, set and costumed film.

Just another reason to learn the language.


34 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 100 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Best of 2017: Our Favorite Movie and TV Stills

Take a look at our favorite movie and TV stills from the past year. Spot any of your faves?

Browse the Best of 2017