Essay on Movie Review : The Twilight Samurai

770 Words Sep 29th, 2016 4 Pages
Often times, filmmakers choose to tailor the plot and visuals of their film to their intended and expected audiences. In doing so, they have to chose to either accurate depictions of the plot’s time period or forego historical accuracy in hopes of pleasing their audience. This was the case for Yoji Yamada’s 2002 Japanese film, The Twilight Samurai, as well as Edward Zwick’s 2003 American film, The Last Samurai. Once each film is examined and analyzed past face value, it is apparent that both Yamada and Zwick different routes when considering the authenticity of their films. The Twilight Samurai is more historically accurate in its depiction of the realities and mindsets of the Bakumatsu period while The Last Samurai falsely presents Japanese life in the wake of the Meji Revolution. Through The Twilight Samurai’s protagonist, Iguchi Seibei, the director accurately conveys the shift in values and beliefs that occurred during the Bakumatsu period (1853-1868). S.J. Albrow recognizes the Bakumatsu period as being “marked by much anxiety and discontent, and an evident awareness of the breakdown of long-existent social structures.” During this period, the lives of samurai, especially lower-ranking samurai like Seibei, were considerably lacking compared to the Tokugawa regime (1603-1830) when the samurai were a dominant, mighty force in Japan. Dr. Keith Schoppa affirms, “Many [samurai] from lower ranks lived in poverty or at least in straitened circumstances and had little…

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