Owen Gleiberman
May 14, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Twilight Samurai

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
129 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/23/04
performer
Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Osugi
director
Yoji Yamada
distributor
Empire Pictures
author
Yoji Yamada
genre
ActionAdventure, Drama

We gave it an A-

It’s wonderful to see a Japanese movie in which a 19th-century samurai is also a touching and complicated ordinary man. When Seibei (Hiroyuki Sanada) unsheathes his sword, the film draws deep excitement out of his desire to live more than fight.

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