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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…
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…
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They say don't bring a knife to a gunfight. I think the person who said that never met a Samurai.
A very interesting and moving film. I really enjoyed the concept of a broken down American man finding solace with these Japanese "savages" Tom Cruises character is taken prisoner by the samurai, but he is in no jail cell, he's actually free to roam where he pleases. The Japanese like to have metaphors for a lot of things. I think the metaphor that could be found here is that Tom Cruise is imprisoned by his own mind and guilt. He is then set free mentally by the discipline, spiritual and honorable way of the Samurai lifestyle. It's actually quite inspiring.…
Questo film balla il tip-tap sull'orlo del disastro ma per qualche motivo sta lì, ignaro, e non cade.
Io, dal canto mio, mi commuovo ogni volta che vedo il volto di Ken Watanabe, perché questo film è tutto cuore e zero cervello, e per una volta va bene così.
Tantas cosas tan mal en tantos sentidos...
The Last Samurai is a beautifully told tale, about a scarred soldier who's faith and beliefs are moved when captured by Samurai forces. In the same vein as Dances with Wolves, A New World or even Avatar to an extent, with a stranger learning to respect and come to love a culture not of his own. Up there as one of my favourite Cruise roles. He plays Capt. Nathan Algren so well, showcasing a tortured character haunted by his past with just a look in his eyes. Ken Watanabe is also brilliant in his role as the Samurai Katsumoto, at first Algren's enemy which then inevitably evolves into a friendship. There is also a complicated love story tucked into the…
A really great idea that could have end up in one of the most epic movie in history. Sadly, we have a "wannabe" epic, that I remember more for it's long boring moments than for its action sequences. Don't get me wrong though, it's a good movie. Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe are really good. I loved how they represented the Japan culture. The score was also pretty good (Hans Zimmer is a god). It's entertaining, but very long, it could have been easily 30 minutes shorter. Especially the end, it dragged forever.
This is probably the only movie starring Tom Cruise that I enjoy(ed) until Live Die Repeat made it's debut.
I only watched the last half of the movie, and there were no subtitles so my limited Japanese knowledge consistently failed me for most scenes and it took me a while to figure out the plot. But the final battle was worth three stars alone, so that's the part of the movie I'm rating.
Esta película es una poesía narrativa, una epopeya maravillosa que nos lleva al remoto Japón del siglo XIX para contar la vida de capitán de guerra Nathan Algren junto a su relación decisiva con el samurai Katsumoto.
La banda sonora traspasa la pantalla, es hermosa.
Ken Watanabe por primera vez lo veo grandioso, tiene ese personaje en las venas, simplemente fantástico. Al igual que Tom Cruise, su personaje Nathan se siente tan real y la audiencia se une con él en este viaje.
Creo que no he visto nada del director Edward Zwick, pero con esta película se muestra que es un director que vale la pena darle un vistazo, las escenas de pelea y batalla son hermosas.
Se extrañan esos tiempos en donde se usaban muchos extras y no tanto CGI.
pick any 5 from this list at random and you have a great squad..... the possibilities are endless
All the way from 'The Land Before Time' to 'The Social Network'.
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