Since the death of his wife, Seibei's main concern is for his family. Invitations for drinks with fellow workers are refused in favour of getting home, and Seibei earns the nickname 'Twilight Samurai'. Soon, a chance meeting with an old friend brings news of a lost childhood love, and a reunion makes an emotional impact upon both Seibei and his two daughters. But the woman is still married, and Seibei is forced to defend her honour by fighting the overbearing husband. As news of his fighting skills travels, Seibei is ordered by the ruling clan to serve as a Samurai in a matter of great importance. Stylish, moving and evocative, The Twilight Samurai tells the tale of a low-ranking retainer whose struggle to keep his family, and maintain his honour without resorting to the violence he denounces, is tested at every level.
A heart warming tale of love and honour.
- The Twilight Samurai review by Shatner's Bassoon
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Told from the perspective of a daughter reflecting on life with her father, 'Twilight Samurai' tells the story about a low ranking Samurai family headed by Seibei, a widower raising his two daughters and caring for his elderly mother who's rapidly lapsing into senility. Far from his prime as a professional samurai, Seibei now scrapes a living as a part time scribe and insect trap maker. When his childhood love returns to their hometown fleeing her alcoholic and abusive husband, Seibei finds his samurai skills put to good use and rapidly in demand, although he soon finds his heart is not in it. Overall, 'Twilight Samurai' is a poignant and heart warming tale of kindness, love and decency in a male dominated society where, although the ancient samurai feudal system is coming to an end, social standing is still attained through strength and war skills. Beautifully acted, scripted and directed, this sentimental tale has the feel of fable to it and even those who don't usually enjoy this genre will find it hard not to like.