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The Last Samurai

User Rating: 75%
Language: English
Runtime: 154 min

About Movie

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Basic Details

Release Date:

05 December 2003

Genres:

Drama, Action, War, History

Production Country:

Japan, United States of America, New Zealand

Original Language:

English

Runtime:

154 min

Production Company:

Cruise/Wagner Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures, Radar Pictures, Bedford Falls Productions

Budget:

$140,000,000.00

Revenue:

$456,758,981.00

Tagline:

In the face of an enemy, in the heart of one man, lies the soul of a warrior.

Movie Crew

Director:

Edward Zwick

Screenplay:

John Logan
, Edward Zwick
, Marshall Herskovitz

Producer:

Tom Cruise
, Edward Zwick
, Marshall Herskovitz
, Paula Wagner
, Scott Kroopf
, Tom Engelman

Movie Cast

Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
Captain Nathan Algren
Ken Watanabe
Ken Watanabe
Katsumoto
William Atherton
William Atherton
Winchester Rep
Chad Lindberg
Chad Lindberg
Winchester Rep Assistant
Billy Connolly
Billy Connolly
Zebulon Gant
Tony Goldwyn
Tony Goldwyn
Colonel Bagley
Shichinosuke Nakamura
Shichinosuke Nakamura
Emperor Meiji
Koyuki
Koyuki
Taka
Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
Simon Graham
Togo Igawa
Togo Igawa
General Hasegawa
Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson
Ambassador Swanbeck
Shun Sugata
Shun Sugata
Nakao
Shin Koyamada
Shin Koyamada
Nobutada
Hiroyuki Sanada
Hiroyuki Sanada
Ujio
Masato Harada
Masato Harada
Omura
Masashi Odate
Masashi Odate
Omura's Companion
John Koyama
John Koyama
Omura's Bodyguard
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Satoshi Nikaido
N.C.O.
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Shintaro Wada
Young Recruit
Sosuke Ikematsu
Sosuke Ikematsu
Higen
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Aoi Minato
Magojiro
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Shoji Yoshihara
Sword Master
SeizĂ´ Fukumoto
SeizĂ´ Fukumoto
Silent Samurai
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Ray Godshall Sr.
Convention Hall Attendee
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Kosaburo Nomura IV
Kyogen Player #1
Takashi Noguchi
Takashi Noguchi
Kyogen Player #2
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Noguchi Takayuki
Kyogen Player #3
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Sven Toorvald
Omura's Secretary
Yuki Matsuzaki
Yuki Matsuzaki
Soldier in Street #1
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Mitsuyuki Oishi
Soldier in Street #2
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Jiro Wada
Soldier in Street #3
Hiroshi Watanabe
Hiroshi Watanabe
Guard
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Yusuke Myochin
Sword Master's Assistant
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Hiroaki Amano
Samurai Ensemble
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Kenta Daibo
Samurai Ensemble
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Koji Fujii
Samurai Ensemble
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Makoto Hashiba
Samurai Ensemble
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Shimpei Horinouchi
Samurai Ensemble
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Takashi Kora
Samurai Ensemble
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Shane Kosugi
Samurai Ensemble
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Takeshi Maya
Samurai Ensemble
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Seiji Morita
Samurai Ensemble
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Lee Murayama
Samurai Ensemble
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Takeru Shimizu
Samurai Ensemble
Shinji Suzuki
Shinji Suzuki
Samurai Ensemble
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Hisao Takeda
Samurai Ensemble
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Ryoichiro Yonekura
Samurai Ensemble

Movie Review

TopKek

Edward Zwick's "The Last Samurai" is about two warriors whose cultures make them aliens, but whose values make them comrades. The battle scenes are stirring and elegantly mounted, but they are less about who wins than about what can be proven by dying. Beautifully designed, intelligently written, acted with conviction, it's an uncommonly thoughtful epic. Its power is compromised only by an ending that sheepishly backs away from what the film is really about.

Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe co-star, as a shabby Civil War veteran and a proud samurai warrior. Cruise plays Nathan Algren, a war hero who now drifts and drinks too much, with no purpose in life. He's hired by Americans who are supplying mercenaries to train an army for the Japanese emperor, who wants to move his country into the modern world and is faced with a samurai rebellion.

The role of the samurai leader Katsumoto (Watanabe) is complex; he is fighting against the emperor's men, but out of loyalty to the tradition the emperor represents, he would sacrifice his life in an instant, he says, if the emperor requested it. But Japan has been seized with a fever to shake off its medieval ways and copy the West, and the West sees money to be made in the transition: Representatives from the Remington arms company are filling big contracts for weapons, and the U.S. Embassy is a clearinghouse for lucrative trade arrangements.

Into this cauldron Algren descends as a cynic. He is told the samurai are "savages with bows and arrows," but sees that the American advisers have done a poor job of training the modernized Japanese army to fight them. Leading his untried troops into battle, he is captured and faces death -- but is spared by a word from Katsumoto, who returns him as a prisoner to the village of his son.

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