Twilight Samurai, a romantic movie starring Hiroyuki Sanada and Rie Miyazawa

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Last night I watched Twilight Samurai (たそがれ清兵衛), a Yoji Yamada film from 2002 featuring Hiroyuki Sanada and Rie Miyazawa. I tend to fall asleep during samurai movies, but this one was really emotionally entertaining. Sanada plays the role of a low-class widower samurai named Iguchi Seibei who takes care of his senile mother and two young daughters all by himself. His peers mock him and take pity on him, but he is in fact perfectly content. He loves watching his daughters grow up and appreciates the little things in life. He doesn’t want to fight anymore. But when his childhood friend Tomoe — played by Miyazawa — comes back into his life, he is unexpectedly thrown back into battle. I won’t spoil the plot here, but Sanada does an amazing job of portraying a man of such great honor, self-understanding, and compassion. It’s really nice.

Sanada, by the way, currently stars in the last season of Lost.

5 thoughts on “Twilight Samurai, a romantic movie starring Hiroyuki Sanada and Rie Miyazawa

  1. you should also check out the other two movies of the trilogy. hidden blade and for love and honor. although hidden blade is somewhat VERY similiar to twilight samurai, but was still a good watch

  2. I second the recommendation of Yamada’s two other films.
    Also, I had no idea Hiroyuki Sanada would be in Lost… awesome! He brings a touch of class to everything!

  3. Amazingly, I think I saw this last year! It was really really … great! One of the only (and apparently better) samurai movies I’ve seen