SHOW: Monday, March 5, 2018

5 02 2018

TFF Cinematheque



• THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI (Yamada, 2002, Unrated, 129 minutes) ~ Winner of an unprecedented 12 Japanese Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, and also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Writer/director Yoji Yamada’s drama takes place in mid 19th-century Japan. A low-level samurai, widower and self-employed bureaucrat, Seibei (Hiroyuki Sanada), struggles to survive on his low paying stipend while caring for his two young daughters and mother. When he falls in love with childhood friend Tomoe (Rie Miyazawa), he must face her husband in a duel, but is then too ashamed to marry her because of his poverty. As Seibei prepares to battle a fellow samurai, he finds out that his love is engaged to another man.

“Four out of four stars,” from Roger Ebert, who also quotes the Japanese Bushido Code in his glowing review of the film, “One who is a samurai must before all things keep in mind, by day, and by night, the fact that he has to die. That is his chief business.”