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Film Analysis Paper: The Twilight Samurai

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  1. Introduction
  2. A plot analysis
  3. Theme analysis
  4. Yamada provides to the audience in all of his films
  5. Conclusion

?The Twilight Samurai is a Japanese film released on November 2, 2002 where Yoji Yamada was the director. It was set during the middle of the nineteenth Century, some years before the event of the Meiji Restoration. The film explains the life that Seibei Iguchi, who was a low-class samurai working among the bureaucrat in the country. In as much as Iguchi was poor, he was not destitute. Such character traits assist Iguchi to manage and live a happy, as well as, content life alongside his loving senile mother and daughters. Unfortunately, an unfortunate incidence strikes Iguchi's life when his wife dies. The major theme in the film involves a major theme of missed opportunities and changing times.

Maintaining great patience and enthusiasm, Yamada portrays the story of Twilight Iguchi. The film production is beautiful, concise and deliberate in relation to the way Yoji executed it. In addition, the film takes the viewer back to what refers to Jidai-Geki, although the producer does so using a unique and different manner. Most of the Jidai-Geki or chanbara productions ignored the quality of violence, which the producer visualizes perfectly in all of his films. For instance, the ending of the film shows how Seibei steps over a slain body of an assassin, frozen in mortis, as well as, engulfed by numerous flies. The producer used the aspect of realism, which makes the film more authentic and anchored. By the moment the audience comes to the end of watching the film, there is clear view of the story of Seibei, his anachronistic behavior, how he could never function under the increasing modern world like the material goods, modernization and the West. These are some of the major themes in the film, which resonate in ?The Twilight Samurai.? Such themes are essential in the movie for elevating the film by Yamada from a ?periodic picture? making it more philosophical.

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