2002 film by Yoji Yamada and starring Hiroyuki Sanada. This movie has an almost identical plot to Yamada's 2004 movie The Hidden Blade. I liked both movies but preferred Twilight Samurai a bit more. It was a little more emotional with a sadder ending.
Like The Hidden Blade, this film was set in the late 19th century as the shogun period was coming to an end. Seibei was a low-ranking samurai of the Unasaka clan. Just as Seibei begins to dream he might win the hand of his childhood sweetheart Tomoe, he is caught in the turmoil of the times. Seibei is assigned the unwanted task to confront and kill a renowned warrior on the wrong side of a clan power struggle.