This summer, everyone thinks Peter Parkers got problems. Hmmmmph. Try being Iguchi Seibei, the “Twilight Samurai. Hes a samurai at a time when samurai are becoming obsolete and have been reduced to desk jobs. Hes also a single-parent widower with two daughters. And if that werent enough, hes got to care for his elderly mother with Alzheimers. His childhood sweetheart is about to make another mistake in marriage. And worst of all, his fellow samurai complain about the Pigpen-like cloud trail he leaves in his wake. The man doesnt even have time for a bath!
Hey, at least Peter Parkers moonlighting gig is action-packed. Id be surprised if we get more than a total of two minutes of fighting in Twilight Samurai, and thats fine by me. As Ive said before, I love the slash-slash-keel-over brevity of Japanese film fights. It makes them all the more special and realistic and gives us plenty of time to develop characters. Speaking of which, Hiroyuki Sanada is brilliant as a petty samurai with no ambitions, whos gone soft raising two daughters.
The climax of this story doesnt disappoint either with a few twists and a great, albeit short, fight but not before some serious discussion on the follies of working for the Man.
Twilight Samurai rings true. At times, maybe for some people, a little too true for a samurai film, but thats really its greatest strength.