Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
The Last Samurai
In the face of an enemy, in the Heart of One Man, Lies the Soul of a Warrior.
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 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…
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…
It's true: according to Wikipedia, Tom Cruise is indeed still the only samurai on record, and has been since 1877.
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).
Though I'm not normally a huge fan of samurai or war films, this had Ken Watanabe and Tom Cruise. So I had to see it.
Hans Zimmer's score is splendid all the way throughout the film, and the music used in the final fight scenes reminds me of the score for The Dark Knight Rises. The dialogue is, while cheesy, decently entertaining, and Watanabe and Cruise are of course excellent.
The cinematography is splendid in the fight scenes, and really rather good in other areas (the thing is I'm trying to set higher standards for cinematography, so truly, 3.5 is the appropriate score).
The finale of the film is tremendous and eye-catching, incredibly well done (apart from some cheesy dialogue).
The Last Samurai, while not incredibly memorable or deeply moving, and while having several cliches, still is an entertaining, well acted and produced film .
The First Weeaboo
Film # 24 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 6" Challenge
Task # 30: A film featuring a cop who is a samurai (or just a plain old samurai)
“The Last Samurai” is set in Japan in 1876-1877. Director Edward Zwick showed us before with “Shakespeare in Love”, “Legends of the Fall” and “Glory” that he is capable of making a nineteenth century film.
The choice for Tom Cruise as the lead is surprising, but he manages to shine as Nathan Algren. He is convincing. But it is Ken Watanabe who steals the show as the spiritual Samurai leader Katsumoto.
The story isn’t original, more of a cliché actually: origin and ancient traditions are lost because of the human urge for power and the danger of modernization. But “The Last Samurai” is a good movie, even if it’s only for the great Samurai fighting techniques, landscapes, Hans Zimmer music and acting.
The Last Samurai (2003)
There's something about the two Edward Zwick movies that I've seen that rub me in the wrong way. There seems to be an eagerness to please a crowd that is at both times massive and at the same time eager for award recognition. That makes me watch at the performances more closely, and while I thank this film for opening Watanabe for the rest of the world beyond Japan, I think that Tom Cruise seems 5 seconds away from snapping out of his own skin and scream out that he's an actor playing a role. You could say the same thing happened to me while watching Blood Diamond and DiCaprio, as for much of it I saw not a character but an actor struggling with the character, and while interesting in a Brechtian way, it only distracts from anything interesting or great that could happen in a film.
Le Dernier Samouraï est un voyage initiatique au Japon, la quête d'un homme à la recherche de son honneur mais aussi le choc de deux civilisations. Nathan Algren " appartient aux guerriers qui auront su allier les anciennes et les nouvelles voies ", le Japon historique, traditionnel et le Japon naissant, moderne.
La réalisation est majestueuse, avec une grande BO signée (encore) Hans Zimmer. C'est aussi un film de guerre épique, intense et qui nous interroge sur les bienfaits de la modernité.
L'Honneur des Samouraïs est juste magnifique alors rendons leur un immense hommage.
This is truly a criminally underrated film. Perhaps this is because its premise on its face seems so absurd (ie, that Tom Cruise would up and become a Samurai, or was at any time a Samurai). That said, the movie takes this very broken character (Cruise) and weaves his story in with the compelling character Katsumoto that you as an audience member not only except Cruise's transformation but genuinely understand it. It is a rare thing for a story to so powerfully convert its audience that the Last Samurai does deserve a good deal of credit. As usual Tom Cruise provides a great performance loaded with character and emotion. The scene stealer, however, has to be Ken Wantanabe. His acting…
THE LAST SAMURAI (2003) - EDWARD ZWICK
BEFORE VIEWING THE FILM
A real masterful piece of filmmaking. The premise is solid, the acting is solid, the character
design and the set locations are also solid. I am transported to a world of awe and
wonderment, and I like what I see. Hordes of men in armour pieces take centre stage, with
other men also taking up other parts of the aforementioned stage (albeit slightly off-centre,
but on the stage, nonetheless).
DURING THE VIEWING OF FILM
Right. Let me gather my thoughts for a moment here. It is a trying and testing duty to type
while fingers and hands shake with vehement rage. So, you’re telling me, this war…
The romance is a little redundant, but this is a beautiful, moving epic. I get hating on Cruise playing "the last samurai," but this is a very respectful and loving depiction of the samurai -- and seeing their culture from a white man's perspective isn't really a problem with the movie. Cruise's character arc is just as engaging as the samurai's struggle.
Beautifully epical I never even knew about the Meiji Restoration or Satsuma Rebellion as history come and go from true legends like Public Enemies to fictionalise history like James Cameron's Titanic, I was not aware that Hiroyuki Sanada from The Wolverine, Ken Watanabe from Batman Begins, Inception, Transformers 4 and Godzilla (2014 film) , Harry Potter's Timothy Spall whom I knew him from Chicken Run, Unfortunate Events and Alice In Wonderland (2010 film) same with Billy Connolly from Garfield: A Tail Of Two Kitties, Muppet Treasure Island, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Brave and Unfortunate Events same film he co-star as Timbo Spall Including Die Hard's lousy reporter and Ghostbuster's E.P.A.'s arrogant lawyer William Atherton was in The Last Samurai and I just found out Disney's Tarzan's Tony Goldwyn played as the badass colonel.
The 2015 edition of the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films list.
Incomplete data forced the…
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…