|The Twilight Samurai|
Director: Yamada Yoji
Cast: Hiroyuki Sanada, Keiko Kishi, Miki Ito, Tetsuro Tamba, Erina Hashiguchi, Hiroshi Kanbe, Rie Miyazawa
The first film in Yamada Yoji's acclaimed samurai trilogy, The Twilight Samurai presents a touching cinematic masterpiece about love and agony starring Sanada Hiroyuki (The Last Samurai) and Miyazawa Rie.
Yamada Yoji has made every effort to display the complexities of the ancient Japanese culture and the art of sword fighting, which becomes obvious in this monumental movie whose plot is based on three short stories from popular novelist Fujisawa Shuhei.
Set in feudal Japan, Seibei is a low ranking Samurai and a widower, with two young daughters and an aging mother to support. One day, he encounters Tomoe, a childhood friend and beautiful divorcee and the two quickly strike up a friendship. Fearing he is too poor to make an offer of marriage to Tomoe, the humble Seibei accepts an order to kill a troublesome samurai and win back his wealth and honor- not knowing that Tomoe has made plans to marry another..
THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI is director Yoji Yamada's 77th feature film in his 40 plus years as a director. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2004 Academy Awards THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI is destined to become a classic of the Asian Cinema genre.
2004 Color Fullscreen Japanese with English subtitles