The Twilight Samurai

Synopsis: Seibei Iguchi, a low-ranking samurai, leads a life without glory as a bureaucrat in the mid-XIX century Japan. A widower, he has charge of two daughters (whom he adores) and a senile mother; he must therefore work in the fields and accept piecework to make ends meet. New prospects seem to open up when Tomoe, his long-time love, divorces a brutal husband. However, even as the Japanese feudal system is unraveling, Seibei remains bound by the code of honour of the samurai and by his own sense of social precedences. The consequences are cruel.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Yôji Yamada
Production: Empire Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 37 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

As Grandmother lost her wits, all the

housework, the gathering of fuel...

...and the field work fell to him

Left with little time

to attend to himself...

...he gradually became

unkempt and grimy

As his daughter, I felt terrible

about this

Wipe off that dust!

They're coming!

His Lordship attends!

Kawanami! Quick!


Vital stores of food for when

the clan must fight, or the castle... besieged

Next we have the Salt Storehouse...

Here you have your beans

green, soy and red...

We pay particular attention

to keeping them dry

Dried giant horse-radish

dried fiddleheads, miso paste...


This is dried codfish...

...very important provisioning

in times of war

How much have we got?


Iguchi? You may answer


By your leave. we have weight approximately

How long does it keep?

Between five and ten years

This here is the oldest

we have.

It was acquired

six years ago

This dried cod from Kansaki is best

It holds its taste for ten years

That strange smell I noticed

is it you?

Clan retainers must serve

as examples to the common folk

Keep yourself clean

Yes, Milord!

Carry on


Sir, I...

I'll speak to you later


Be quiet!


You damn fool!

The story spread

throughout the castle

My father became

a laughingstock

My Great-Uncle came from

the main house in a foul humor




It's Uncle...

I'm in for it now

Is anybody here?

what, are you all dead?!


Kayano, make some tea

Who is it?



You appeared before His Lordship

unbathed, smelling like dried cod

The unpleasant impression

you created...

...shames the house of Iguchi

That was inexcusable

I went to Senior Retainer Terauchi

and apologized for you

His Lordship is a generous man

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