Twilight Samurai , The (Tasogare Seibei, 2003, Japan)

Studio: Madman Entertainment

Rating: MA

Running time: 129 minutes

Available Format: DVD

This is a highly acclaimed Japanese historical drama set in the late 1800s about a low-ranking samurai, Seibei.  He’s been lovingly caring for his two daughters and mother since the death of his wife.  While his co-workers go out drinking at the end of the day, he heads straight home to his family, which is why he’s called the ‘Twilight Samurai’.  Seibei has a new chance at happiness when a childhood love, Tomoe, moves back to the area after leaving her brutish husband. To defend her honour, Seibei challenges Tomoe’s husband to a duel. Incredibly he wins, despite having only a sharpened stick for a weapon.  Seibei is then given permission to marry Tomoe, whom he desperately loves.  However, tragically, the Samurai code of honour and his shame about his poverty force him to refuse her.