In these and many other ways, the Japanese Samurai especially Katsumoto, Watanabe’s character and Algren learn to appreciate each other’s ways. I disagree with a lot of the reviews of this film. Very tasteful and artful scriptwriting, with many colorful, developing characters. The differences between the two cultures were considered and portrayed without completely bashing one except in the political arena, but even there, the Japanese seemed to be inviting their own downfall, in many ways. Truly Oscar worthy, a shame it didn’t win any, the makers of the film really deserved more credit. The American Civil War captain, Nathan Algren Cruise goes abroad as not only a war hero but also a cross-cultural and linguistic expert. How does the movie end?

There was no simple scapegoat or cultural domination message. A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad. Being in Japan, at first as a mercenary hired to train Japanese in Western ways of war , he takes on the study of the people and their language. The thrust of the film was the Western-Japanese cultural divide, differing concepts of value and valor and the political issues surrounding Japan’s efforts to “Westernize. In a future where a special police unit is able to arrest murderers before they commit their crimes, an officer from that unit is himself accused of a future murder. The action, sets, scenery and story – even the dialogue – were riveting. The editing was marvelous – although it’s long, there’s no unnecessary material remaining.

Ihdir interpretation of this journey is that Allgren has found a place and people that offer him redemption, where, in his own world, he can find none. Convention Hall Attendee Billy Connolly In spite of this historical epic being “in vogue” at present, there were surprisingly few cliche story elements. Algren is not ashamed to uphold his homeland customs although this was Kingdom of Heaven Samurais leave for the village of Katsumoto.

Although Algren’s sometimes superhero abilities are a bit of a stretch at times, taking the native language seriously is unique in American filmmaking and American culture, hence our lowly reputation when traveling. Rarely does a movie have excellent acting across the board, but all the Japanese actors were outstanding, and the Americans and Europeans were excellent Black Hawk Down An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

As he stands up from the blow without moving to retrieve it, he has it in his hand again. Olgren is to the emperor, who, having shown will, refuses to conclude an agreement with the United States and shifts Omura.


Tom Cruise is so good in this film that it is very often easy to forget he is Tom Cruise. There was no simple scapegoat or cultural domination message. Timeless issues of honor, loyalty and redemption as well as the clashing of ancient culture versus new technology remain omnipresent.

Algren demonstrates American resilience and perseverance when he rises again repeatedly after defeat. What were some of his early credits? First, the experience was powerful.

With high production values and thrilling battle scenes, The Last Samurai is a satisfying epic. Not a moment of boredom.

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Edit Storyline In the s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with bluuray Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. I say this is Tom Cruise’s finest acting hour.

Edit Details Official Sites: Tom Cruise is definitely one of my favorite actors if not my favorite and this film is one of his best if not the best film. After ineir, the cavalry Katsumoto in a desperate attack is cut through the infantry, trying to get to the Omura, but falls under the fire of the Gatling machine guns.

It was a lot more like Braveheart meets Seven Samurai with elements of inculturation a bit reminiscent of Wolves and Seven Years. Usually the American walks into the foreign scene and the pic automatically shifts to all-English.

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I find no grand moral statement here, but rather an intense, sympathetic, human drama with a strong sense of honor and sacrifice. Cruise’s only shortcoming is his lack of dramatic range, and as such it never seems like Algren has any sinister intent even when acting selfishly.

Like “The Wild Bunch,” it speaks to those curious of what became of warriors who outlived their time. He returns freedom to Algren. Badly wounded Algren’s courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto’s failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when Yes, it is true that it does glorify a lifestyle in an exaggerated and unfairly sublime way, but I think we’re missing the point.


This baffles the Japanese who are accustomed to falling on their swords in shame after defeat, for them a noble death. Algren with the help of the samurai frees Katsumoto, while his son, Nobutada, dies. Enemy at the Gates Two regiments of trained infantry with guns and Gatling guns are approaching the village. John Logan, John Logan Writer: Goofs During the wooden sword fight in the rain, after Nathan spars with one of the young boysin the first sequence, the sword is struck from his hand and flies away.

The differences between the two cultures were considered and portrayed without completely bashing one except in the political arena, but even there, the Japanese seemed to be inviting their own downfall, in many ways. Omura’s Companion John Koyama One of the most beautifully crafted films ever made.

Language Set favourite s Login. A story of honour, integrity, tradition, courage and love entwined with great battle scenes, beautiful scenery and superb acting, especially in the lead roles of Cruise and Ken Watanabe. I say, Japan was made by a handful of brave men. The ending smacks of being safe, clean and Hollywood, something that almost betrays to whole film.

Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: The story takes place during the early modernization of Japan, in the s and s. Samurai lure the advanced unit of soldiers into a trap and in open battle break them head on.

Olgren returns to the village to Take. Watch now on “UnMade”. The dignity of the young Emperor Meiji finding his own cultural center, at the end, was especially moving. Realizing that the attack was on his opponent, close to the emperor Omura, Katsumoto sent to the court. Winchester Rep Chad Lindberg Katsumoto meanwhile seeks to learn about his enemy, and begins to respect Algren as a fellow warrior. A soldier fighting aliens gets to relive the same day over and over again, the day restarting every time he dies.