The Twilight Samurai

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Tasogare Seibei (たそがれ清兵衛, literally "Twilight Seibei"), also known as The Twilight Samurai, is a 2002 Japanese historical drama film co-written and directed by Yoji Yamada and starring Hiroyuki Sanada and Rie Miyazawa. Set in mid-19th century Japan,... read more

Tasogare Seibei (たそがれ清兵衛, literally "Twilight Seibei"), also known as The Twilight Samurai, is a 2002 Japanese historical drama film co-written and directed by Yoji Yamada and starring Hiroyuki Sanada and Rie Miyazawa. 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 his mother who has dementia. Through an unfortunate turn of events, the turbulent times conspire against him. The Twilight Samurai was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 76th Academy Awards, Japan's first in twenty two years, 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. The film was inspired by the short story "The Bamboo Sword" by Shuhei Fujisawa.

Original Release

11/02/2002

US Release

11/02/2002

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Cast

Hiroyuki Sanada Seibei Iguchi
Rie Miyazawa Tomoe Iinuma
Nenji Kobayashi Choubei Kusaka
Mitsuru Fukikoshi Michinojo Iinuma
Kanako Fukaura Yae Iinuma
Hiroshi Kanbe Naota
Erina Hashiguchi Ito Iguchi
Reiko Kusamura Kinu Iguchi / Iguchi's Mother
Setsuko Tanaka
Kii Mizuno Tane
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Yôji Yamada

Writers

Yôji Yamada, Yoshitaka Asama, Shûhei Fujisawa

Cast

Hiroyuki Sanada Seibei Iguchi
Rie Miyazawa Tomoe Iinuma
Nenji Kobayashi Choubei Kusaka
Mitsuru Fukikoshi Michinojo Iinuma
Kanako Fukaura Yae Iinuma
Hiroshi Kanbe Naota
Erina Hashiguchi Ito Iguchi
Reiko Kusamura Kinu Iguchi / Iguchi's Mother
Setsuko Tanaka
Kii Mizuno Tane
Yuuki Natsusaka Gemba Hattori
Astushi Maeda
Tsukasa Sugawara
Ren Osugi Toyotarou Kouda / Toyotaro Koda
Keiko Kishi Old Ito Iguchi
Min Tanaka Zenemon Yogo
Baijaku Nakamura Gombei Terauchi
Makoto Akatsuka Yazaki
Masahiro Satô Sakaguchi
Senri Sakurai Tozaemon's temporary soldier

Producers

Tomiyasu Ishikawa Executive Producer
Tetsuo Kan Executive Producer
Tomoo Miyakawa Executive Producer
Toshio Ogiwara Executive Producer
Motoyuki Oka Executive Producer
Nobuyoshi Ôtani Executive Producer
Shigehiro Nakagawa Producer
Ichirô Yamamoto Producer
Hiroshi Fukazawa Producer

Editors

Iwao Ishii

2004OscarBest Foreign Language Film Nominated
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