The Samurai trilogy of three films depicting the end of the samurai era was one of the great film achievements of Japanese director Yoji Yamada. Although all three paintings do not echo each other either in plot or characters, they are united by the most reliable description of the life of those times. Yamada's films are more likely to be called historical films, not action films, although the sound of samurai swords and combat duels are present here.

All the pictures of the trilogy: "Twilight Samurai" (2002), "Hidden Blade" (2004) and "Love and Honor" (2006) are consistently included in the ratings of the best samurai films. Therefore, it can be said that director Yoji Yamada knows how to keep the audience's attention.

"Twilight Samurai" is not only the very first, but also the most famous film of the trilogy. It was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The picture conquered with its touching story and accurate transmission of all the characteristic features and laws of samurai life.

The main character of the film is the lowest-ranking samurai Seibei Iguchi. He serves in the Unasaka clan's vault. Seibei had barely made ends meet before, and after the death of his wife, he was so mired in debt and household chores that he even stopped paying attention to elementary hygiene. In addition, the samurai had to look after two daughters and an old mother. He quarreled with all his relatives, and his superiors did not respect him at all. All his friends laughed at him and gave him the nickname - "twilight samurai."


Seibei's life became so hard that he had to secretly sell a samurai sword. This was considered the most terrible shame for the samurai. One day he meets his childhood friend. Tomoe was the younger sister of Seibei's only friend. She left her alcoholic husband, who constantly humiliated her. Tomoe settled in the house of her brother Michinojo and began to visit Seibei often. She became very attached to Seibei's daughters, because she had no children of her own.


But the woman's ex-husband constantly came to her brother's house and insulted both. Seibei decided to stand up for his friends and challenged Tomoe's husband to a duel. The samurai defeats the villain with a stick, although he was considered an experienced swordsman. Contrary to expectations, this act further complicates the life of the gloomy samurai.


The chief of Seibei learns of the incident and orders the unlucky man to kill one rebellious samurai. Seibei tries to back out of his assignment, but now he has to make a choice - go for the kill or be exiled.

Masterfully filmed and emotionally traced, the film "Twilight Samurai" did not remain without prizes. The Japanese Film Academy awarded the film 13 awards - including prizes for best film, best director, and best male and female roles.

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