The 39 Steps (2008)

Introduction The 39 Steps is a 2008 British television adventure thriller feature-length adaptation of the 1915 John Buchan novel The Thirty-Nine Steps produced by the BBC. It was written by Lizzie Mickery, directed by James Hawes, and filmed on location in Scotland, starring Rupert Penry-Jones, Lydia Leonard, David Haig, Eddie Marsan, and Patrick Malahide. This… Read More

The 39 Steps Franchise

Introduction The Thirty-Nine Steps is an adventure novel by Scottish author John Buchan. It first appeared as a serial in Blackwood’s Magazine, credited to “H de V.”, in July, August and September 1915 before being published in book form in October that year by William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh. It is the first of the… Read More

The Twilight Samurai (2002)

Introduction The Twilight Samurai (たそがれ清兵衛, literally “Twilight Seibei”) is a 2002 Japanese historical drama film co-written and directed by Yoji Yamada and starring Hiroyuki Sanada and Rie Miyazawa. Set in mid-19th century Japan, a few years before the Meiji Restoration, it follows the life of Seibei Iguchi, a low-ranking samurai employed as a bureaucrat. Poor,… Read More