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The Samurai as Family Guy
written by talltale January 17, 2005 - 7:38 AM PST
5 out of 6 members found this review helpful
THE TWILIGHT SAMURAI is quite a surprise, unless you are expecting a "family" Samurai movie (of which, as far as I know, there have been damn few). This is not Disney-family, however; it's deeper and richer, with that peculiar (to me, at least) combination of reticence, repression, caring and shame that seems quintessentially Japanese. You do get some Samurai action, but nothing like Kurosawa or (thank god) Tom Cruise; in fact, it buries a piece of picture-pretty schlock like "The Last Samurai." My companion found it intensely interesting yet not particularly moving. It moved me, but even without that extra emotion, this one is definitely worth a look--if only for the scene in which the hero and his love finally confront their feelings for each other. Hiroyuki Sanada, in the title role, gives a performance of quiet intensity: serious, sensitive, intelligent and--most important--completely believable as a fighting samurai (which is understandable if, as member "autarch" points out, he began his career as an action star). "Twilight Samurai" is yet another example of a movie nominated for Best Foreign Film that ought to have reached a far wider audience.

Intense performance by Sanada
written by autarch November 26, 2004 - 1:38 AM PST
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Hiroyuki Sanada started off his career as an action star and teen idol, but he seems to have aged into an incredibly good actor. The best scenes in this movie all revolve around his conversations and interactions with other people, particularly when talks about his children.

Don't rent this film expect a samurai action film, because it's really a thoughtful film about people. Rent it to watch Sanada's wonderful performance.


(Average 8.26)
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