Thursday, March 26, 2015

Film: The Twilight Samurai (2002)


This Japanese movie has a special quality about it. The Twilight Samurai sounds like it could be a typical B-movie slasher film but it is anything but. There are just a couple of fight scenes and the focus is much more on the humble Seibei Iguchi and his relationships and obligations. The protagonist doesn't have much and doesn't ask for much, but much ends up being asked of him. Seibei is expertly played by Hiroyuki Sanada, an actor who pops up in US movies and tv series every now and then and who I first saw in The Last Samurai. This is one when you're in the mood for something a little more contemplative.

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