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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Venice Queen


Certainly not Adventure Time! Although I would love for it to be Adventure Time all the time. But no, it's just time for another weekly update.


Oh look! I actually got out of the house to hang out with awesome people this weekend. I was at my mate's going away surprise party last night and had a pretty good time with friends.



Released in 2002, Yoji Yamada's poignant samurai drama "The Twilight Samurai" is a Japanese film that needs not squander in bloodshed or violence - a characteristic of which is certainly quite aytpical of what's expected in a samurai period piece. The film centers around Seibei Iguchi (Hiroyuki Sanada), a low ranking, petty samurai who has fallen on hard times - he has to take care of his two daughters and senile mother on his own after the recent death of his wife. His associates at his day job make fun of him behind his back by calling him, "Twilight", due to his nature of going home before dark to try to make more money and spend time with his children.

"The Twilight Samurai" has been compared to Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" a lot and rightfully so as aspects of these films overlap each other. It's a quiet film tells a great story and defies what we've expected in these types of films. Seibei is a fantastically written character which is grounded Sanada's performance - one full of nuance. He and Yamada manage to make the audience see that Seibei's a sad, even lonesome, person but despite his low income and desperate situation, he'll go on and do what's best for him and his family without caring about the judgement of anyone else. Seibei's just a likable guy who wants to help out his family. He's a character that understands that the age of the samurai is coming to an end and has accepted what is to become of him after the swords have been laid down. He's someone who would be much happier with a simple life and to be able to see his daughters grow up.

It's a quiet film but one that's deserving of great attention. I can see that it's definitely an instant classic as far as Japanese cinema/samurai films are concerned (sweeping the Japanese Academy Awards that year by taking home 12 awards). I'd be happy if other people seek this gem out.


That's it for the week. No Tidbits of Film News this week unfortunately but I will be bringing that back next week. Anyways, until next time, readers. :)

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1 comment:

  1. haha, yes you did!

    I didn't intend for it but my blog is turning into a food blog, isn't it? xD

    I'm downloading twilight samurai right now too!