The Twilight Samurai is a 2002 Japanese film about a low-ranking samurai named Seibei. His wife died from TB and he hasn't remarried. Seibei takes care of his two daughters and his senile mother. He works during the day for the clan in their food stuffs storage area. Seibei gets a salary but it isn't enough to get by on. He spends his home time working in the garden and making cricket cages to keep food on the table. There's a woman who is interested in him, Tomoe, the sister of a childhood friend, but since they're of a higher rank Seibei turns down the offer of marriage claiming he is too poor. He does fight and beat Tomoe's ex-husband. Hearing of Seibei's fight, a wooden stick against a metal sword, the clan leader sends him off to kill a man who had been on the other side of a clan dispute. He'd not killed himself like he was supposed to and on top of that he killed the first man the clan leader sent to do the job. Seibei goes to see the man, he doesn't want to fight the man and even gives him the opportunity to sneak out. Seibei returns home to find Tomoe there and they embrace. In the epilogue we see one of the daughters as an old woman placing flowers on Seibei's grave. He married Tomoe and they lived happily ever after, for three years. Then Seibei was shot to death in the Meiji Restoration. Tomoe and the daughters moved to Edo and lived out the rest of their lives off camera.
It's directed by Yamada Yoji who also adapted a novel for the screenplay. He started making films in 1960 and is still going. He's got 124 writing credits and 85 directing credits. About half his directing jobs are the Tora-san pictures. They are domestic comedies about a salesman who gets into trouble and has to work hard to get out of it. They don't show up here. Netflix has a few but they are always on short wait. I haven't seen any of them, nor have I seen any of his other non-Tora-san pictures.
It's a really well made movie that reminds that old Japan really sucked for a lot of the people. That makes for a sad picture that reminds a person to enjoy the good time while they can, some rich guy will eventually screw things up. There's almost no fighting but that's OK, it's not what the film is about. It's more a melodrama with social commentary than a samurai film. The industrial revolution was coming and the times were changing. The feudal society was on the way out. People's lives would be changed by that, not all for the better. I gave it an 8 on the IMDb, it scores a 8.1, it is that good. You might like it. Who knows.