The Twilight Samurai

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  • Summary: A family drama set in the late nineteenth century Japan, as the feudal Shogun period was giving way to the Meiji Restoration. [Empire Pictures]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 100
    Seibei's story is told by director Yoji Yamada in muted tones and colors, beautifully re-creating a feudal village that still retains its architecture, its customs, its ancient values, even as the economy is making its way of life obsolete.
  2. It's wonderful to see a Japanese movie in which a samurai, for all his somber discipline and skill, is also a touching and complicated ordinary man.
  3. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    90
    Deeply affecting.
  4. 80
    Mr. Yamada is confident that by taking his time and relishing the leathery arrogance that is the perquisite of a director in his 70's, his audience will follow his whims.
  5. 75
    The stylish flick harkens back to the work of old masters like Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu.
  6. 75
    Not for those with limited attention spans, though there's never a dull moment.
  7. 50
    Gentle, muted film of limited aesthetic ambition.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Jun 30, 2011
    10
    What does it say when reviewers claim that this movie was "a bit slow"? That some of us are addicted to fast-paced, mindless violence. WhichWhat does it say when reviewers claim that this movie was "a bit slow"? That some of us are addicted to fast-paced, mindless violence. Which is now Hollywood's forte. Anyone who didn't like this was obviously expecting flying ninjas and katana-toting heroines played by Chinese actresses.
    "The Twilight Samurai" is a work of art in the Kurosawa mold, has nothing in common with "Last Samurai" and is superior. Beautiful, emotional, powerful at times.....phenomenal. Can't wait to watch "Hidden Blade" and "Love and Honor".
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  2. EricS.
    Dec 10, 2005
    9
    A little slow at some points but still both fascinating in its portrait of daily life in the samurai era and moving as well. A great film.
  3. Dec 15, 2015
    9
    Life could be simple yet bring us happiness. Colours are not the best to keep you going as day go by. The Twilight Samurai, takes us into midLife could be simple yet bring us happiness. Colours are not the best to keep you going as day go by. The Twilight Samurai, takes us into mid 19th century's Japan and makes us fall in live with the civilization. Like the era it represents, the direction is very clean yet effective. Although movie is shot in 2002 but it actually takes us to centuries ago into the era Yoji Yamada is telling story of. Power of a creator. Everything is in aspect and very real. From emotions to the sword fight, there is nothing fantasized or emotionalized.
    A perfect movie for a Sunday afternoon.
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