The Twilight Samurai

The Twilight Samurai

  • Director: Yôji Yamada
  • Writer: Shûhei Fujisawa,Yôji Yamada,Yoshitaka Asama
  • Countries of origin: Japan
  • Language: Japanese
  • Release date: November 2, 2002
  • Sound mix: Dolby Digital
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
  • Also known as: Kiếm Sĩ Cơ Hàn
  • "The Twilight Samurai" is a period film produced by Shochiku Film in 2003, directed by Yoji Yamada and starring Duke Sanada and Rie Miyazawa . The film was released in Japan on November 2, 2002.
    The film is adapted from Fujisawa Shuhei 's novel of the same name, telling the story of the samurai Iguchi Kiyobei, known as "twilight" at the end of the Shogunate in Japan   .
    The film was nominated for Best Asian Film at the 23rd Hong Kong Film Awards and Best Foreign Language Film   at the 76th Oscars  .


    • Release date November 2, 2002
    • Filming locations Japan
    • Production companies Eisei Gekijo, Hakuhodo, Nippon Shuppan Hanbai (Nippan) K.K.

    Box office


    $5,000,000 (estimated)

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    Movie reviews

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    • By Madalyn 2022-08-04 12:26:21

      The Twilight Samurai--When Peace Becomes A Power

      I've always believed with certainty that I don't like warm things. Also disliked is the love expressed in the movie. This is very strange, probably because it is not like a girl's preference. I'm also accustomed to detaching myself when watching a movie, and focusing instead on the screenwriter's ability to tell a story, the director's way of controlling the camera, the actor's performance, the camera,...

    • By Ettie 2022-07-13 20:30:06

      Seibei of Dusk: Subverting Men's Value Orientation

      When I watched Yoji Yamada in college, I always felt that there was some kind of depression and control in the camera. I have a very deep feeling about watching this work again after a few years. Yamada's shots are calm and weightless. The samurai dedicates all his tenderness to his daughter, to his mother, and to the girl who loves, restrains, and forbears. At the same time, the decline of the class, the gradual decline from the lofty status, and then forced to accept the portrayal of...

    • By Leo 2022-07-06 14:07:06

      The Twilight Samurai--A Warm Samurai Film

      The warm samurai film is in line with Yamada Yoji's style. The movie "The Qing Guard of Dusk" recalls that after the death of his mother, his father, Qing Guard, who was mocked as "Dusk", devoted himself to taking care of the family. He showed his sword skills in order to save his childhood sweetheart. The daughter is taken care of. The story is a section of Qing Weibing's life. To sum up, these events are not so coordinated and unified, but the director handles them...

    • By Garrick 2022-04-24 07:01:25

      To stick to poverty is to wait for happiness to knock on the door

      Because it was very late, it was straight to the point.

      The film is very good. I believe that anyone who has experienced ups and downs in the system and has experienced misses, reunions, misses, and reunions will be deeply touched.

      Indeed, the Qing guards have been guarding the status quo for most of their lives, or even their entire lives. But he did not deliberately stick to poverty. It can be seen from the first time he refused to propose a marriage that he also had a lot...

    • By Gregorio 2022-04-24 07:01:25

      (ZZ) An Analysis of the Taoist Personality of Iguchi Qingbingwei

      ——Comparing the movie "Twilight Qingbingwei" and "Tao Te Ching", I have three treasures, which I keep and keep, one is kindness, the second is frugality, and the third is that I dare not be the first in the world. —— "Tao Te Ching" Chapter 67 The real romance, the real ideal is always attributed to life, but not buried in life. ——Inscription Yamada Yoji is a famous Japanese director who is good at expressing the experience and personality of ordinary people at the bottom with...

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    • By Jarvis 2022-04-01 09:01:17

      Restrained emotion, restrained style, small people reflect the big era. Still love this old school movie with solid...

    • By Kennith 2022-03-31 09:01:09

      Four and a half stars! An ordinary man struggles hard to live an ordinary and happy life with his family~~ The hero's forbearance and perseverance in life is very well...

    • By Vinnie 2022-03-31 09:01:09

      One person can live in poverty, and the two will feel resentment. After the film ends, the ending song "The Established Melody" is sung along the long country road, which has a heavy sense of dusk and a long sense of memory. Very powerful, it is the reflection of the 70-year-old director on his own life and...

    • By Sidney 2022-03-31 09:01:09

      2012July7, Jiuting, VCD. The VCD I bought in the past is very bad now, the picture is not clear and the dubbing is not good, and there are many dark night scenes, so the screen is always black and tired to watch. The film itself is good, and I have the opportunity to find a good version and watch it again.

    • By Vincenzo 2022-03-31 09:01:09

      Yoji Yamada is also very good at telling stories! The definition of success is that the gods and horses are really hard to say, the age of the sun. . always come. Seeing the end is Japanese healing. Then I don't really like...

    Movie plot

    In the Kaisaka domain at the end of the shogunate, Iguchi Kiyobei ( Duke Sanada ) was a low-level samurai with a meager salary. His wife passed away after becoming ill due to overwork, and there are two daughters and an elderly mother at home. After the end of each day's work, Qingbingwei hurriedly hurried home when it was still dusk. Less time to socialize with colleagues. Because of this, his colleagues nicknamed him "The Kiyobei...
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    Compared with the traditional period dramas that focus on rhythm and martial arts, the focus of the film is on the daily trivial firewood, rice, oil and salt, and it shows the special features of Qingbingwei as a housekeeper. Sad and happy life, the film is full of warmth and kindness most of the time. (Review of "Cinema World") 
    "The Twilight Samurai" won both box office and awards, and is known as "a masterpiece that will always be...
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    Movie quotes

    • Ito: With a sick wife, two young daughters and an aged mother in his care, my father was unable to drink with his colleagues. He had to hurry home every evening at dusk. I was told the men he worked with gave him the cruel nickname of 'Twilight Seibei'.

    • Kayano Iguchi: Father, If I learn to do needlework someday I can make kimonos. But what good will book learning ever do me?

      Seibei Iguchi: Well, it probably won't ever be as useful as needlework. But you know, book learning gives you the power to think. However the world might change, if you have the power to think you'll always survive somehow. That's true for boys and for girls. All right?

      Kayano Iguchi: Yes.

    • Seibei Iguchi: I am ashamed to say that over many years of hardship with two daughters, a sick wife and an aged mother, I have lost the desire to wield a sword. A serious fight, the killing of a man, requires animal ferocity and calm disregard for one's own life. I have neither of those within me now. Perhaps in a month... alone with the beasts in the hills I could get them back. But tomorrow, I am afraid, is completely impossible.