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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.
Quite sound in its portrayal of old Japanese customs, traditions & way of life, nicely written by Zwick, convincingly performed by the cast, impressive work by the crew & featuring stunning music by Hans Zimmer, The Last Samurai is a tale of romanticism vs modernism, purity vs corruption & a conflict of two different cultures.
Although director Edward Zwick's research of Japanese history, culture, customs, traditions & accent is impressive, the plot could've made a greater impact than it did for the movie wasn't as emotionally investing as I expected. The camera work is really good, both in the battle scenes & in picturing the westernization of 19th century Japan. The landscapes are beautifully photographed & traditions effectively captured. The movie keeps a good pace throughout…
It's true: according to Wikipedia, Tom Cruise is indeed still the only samurai on record, and has been since 1877.
Edward Zwick is one of the most under-rated directors out there, but I don't feel this is entirely representative of his best work. Not to say it isn't a damn good film (it is), but it's plainly obvious that Hollywood had their hands on this.
The tone is inconsistent. One minute, there's a standard, generic Hollywood action scene, shot the same way all standard, generic Hollywood action scenes are shot. The next minute, however, is a very calm, still, introspective montage taken straight from Terrence Malick's playbook. If the movie was either a drama or an action film instead of trying to be both, I think it would have more of an identity. The pandering to the lowest-common-denominator viewer played…
The honour and code of the samurai has always been enticing to a Western civilisation that is far removed from such customs, which perhaps makes The Last Samurai such an enticing, enigmatic film. Edward Zwick crafts quite an epic adventure rich in mythology & thematic resonance that while traditionally Hollywood in its construction still manages to exist a cut above many such movies of its ilk, a touch of class surrounding how the story of Captain Nathan Algren is put together, based as it is on several real life legendary American figures who played key roles in the Satsuma Rebellion in Japan during the late 19th century. This isn't a direct re-telling of those events but serves as a leaping off…
Edward Zwick is another great director I admire due to his stunning directing and epic films he brings along.
Wasn't really expecting much but impressed by the end.
Finally Tom Cruise actually had a role that you forget its him from the first 10mins, which makes you care about the character but the real star of this film is Ken Watanabe. Ken does an amazing job of playing Katsumoto and if it wasn't for this role I believe we wouldn't had seen him playing Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins.
The film carries a hefty 2 and a half hours but it didn't feel like it so don't be put off with the time (like I did).
Edward Zwick knows how to shoot a battle sequence. Anyone who has seen Glory will know what I mean and he continued that thrilling energetic approach with this Eastern set epic.
Tom Cruise's borderline alcoholic US Cavalry Captain is in Japan to train their army in Western military tactics and help crush a rebellion by the Samurai. More than just a war film this takes a simple but effective look at Japan's attempt to Westernize it's military back in the late 19th century. Shifting away from traditional values and being tempted by the evils of the West, this is a touch patronizing in some of its rhetoric.
When Cruise leads an under-prepared fledgling army against Watanabe's Samurai, they are slaughtered…
I love this film. Life in every breath
Shame on me for not having seen this movie sooner. I should probably go commit seppuku or something. Seriously though, this movie is fantastic. Tom Cruise is usually hit or miss for me but this performance is one of my all time favorite.
Amazing movie. Incredible performances. No doubt Tom Cruise is an actor whose fame never fades away.
So as you can tell by my review, I was pretty disappointed by Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. I know that director Edward Zwick can do much better than that, and his filmography pretty much speaks for itself. Films such as Glory and Blood Diamond are highly underrated, but my absolute favorite is his first collaboration with Tom Cruise in 2003's The Last Samurai.
Here's the story. Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, in this lush epic set in the 1870s, which finds Algren 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…
The Last Samurai (2003) is een prachtige film over de oude Japanse cultuur, de modernisering en het conflict, gepersonificeerd door Cruise.
Beautifully directed by the criminally underrated Edward Zwick and featuring one of Tom Cruise's best performances, The Last Samurai is a spectacular historical war epic with captivating storytelling, superb action sequences, gorgeous cinematography, engaging characters, and a phenomenal score from Hans Zimmer.
El Último Samurai, no se trata de las últimas batallas de los pueblos samurai, ni de como el nuevo orden remplaza y desplaza al antiguo, tampoco de la degradación que conlleva este cambio o de sus propósitos, ni siquiera de la amistad entre dos hombres de distintas culturas; trata sobre la universalidad del honor y la empatía que este puede germinar sin importar la raza,
cultura o las drásticas diferencias que existan en el mundo, siempre y cuando se este dispuesto a prestar atención, prestar atención y contemplar.
Estética 🍷 90/100
La cinematografía es bastante sólida y efectiva, los recuerdos se ven como recuerdos, las pesadillas como tales, las batallas como batallas, un lugar místico como místico. Y…
Liked, didn't love despite the gorgeous cinematography and phenomenally composed score by Hans Zimmer. Tom Cruise crushes it in his most underrated performance and film to date. This movie was showing up a lot in my life through social media and rummaging through the bargain bin. So I figured why not purchase the damn thing and see how I like it.
I definitely enjoyed myself despite the fact that I wasn't gaga over the story. I've always had a soft spot for the way of the samurai and it is showcased extremely well here.
While I skimmed other reviews on the site, I had noticed that Egg McGuffin made a comment about how Hollywood had their hands all over this.…
Edward Zwick takes intriguing source material to masterfully create a compelling, emotionally impacting, beautiful film that is "The Last Samurai". Fantastic battle sequences, beautiful cinematography and score, and a captivating story truly make "The Last Samurai" special.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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