The Twilight Samurai
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Directed by Yoji Yamada
Produced by Hiroshi Fukazawa
Shigehiro Nakagawa
Ichiro Yamamoto
Written by Novel:
Shuuhei Fujisawa
Yoji Yamada
Yoshitaka Asama
Music by Isao Tomita
Cinematography Mutsuo Naganuma
Editing by Iwao Ishii
Distributed by Shochiku
Released November 2, 2002
Running time 129 min.
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The Twilight Samurai (たそがれ清兵衛 Tasogare Seibei) is a 2002 Japanese movie directed by Yoji Yamada. It was a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2004 Academy Awards.

Plot summaryEdit

Near the end of the Edo period a destitute samurai named Seibei Iguchi leads the life of a low-level bureaucrat, working as a clerk in his clan's office. Because he returns home straight after work instead of going out at night to drink his co-workers tag him "Twilight Seibei". He has no choice in the matter, however, because the death of his wife left him solely responsible for the welfare of his senile mother and two young daughters.

One day Iguchi discovers his childhood friend Tomoe has left her abusive husband and returned home. The two spend some time together and after a while her ex-husband shows up to continue his abuse. Iguchi defends her and manages to defeat the man using only a wooden stick against a sword. After this incident Tomoe's brother suggests Iguchi marry Tomoe but he refuses, explaining that due to his poverty she wouldn't enjoy being married to him.

When Iguchi's clan hears of his combat prowess they assign him the task of killing Yogoemon, another samurai of an opposing clan. His clan offers him enough money to get him out of his current financial situation and he eventually agrees. Unfortunately Tomoe has already accepted another man's proposal of marriage and the samurai he's tasked to kill is poor like himself. Both of these discoveries make Iguchi wonder why he's going through with it in the first place, but his samurai honor won't let him back down now.


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