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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…
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).
"First, they have "The Mexican" with Brad Pitt, now they have "The Last Samurai" with Tom Cruise. Well, I've written a film, maybe they'll produce my film. The Last Nigga on Earth, starring Tom Hanks. How about that?"
Jokes aside The Last Samurai is a good film. Tom Cruise surprisingly pulls the role off and the story is pretty epic. The cinematography is absolutely fantastic for the most part, and Hans Zimmer's score is terrific as always. It's been awhile since I've seen this and seeing a few reviews from others today has me wanting to revisit it soon. If you've missed out on this one since 2003, I recommend giving it a go, it's definitely worth your time.
Epic, ridiculous and captivating in all the best ways. The Last Samurai perfectly tows the line between historical revisionism and good, old-fashioned whimsical storytelling.
The action is great, the set and costume design are wonderful and the cinematography is fantastic. Oh, and that score...
Part of my travel-project
a hotel room with a tv-set with movies on is really tempting, even if there's street noise, the picture's bad and you're actually done for the night because coming out of a night club called "Apocalypse Now" which sounds cooler than it actually was, because the most important thing about the club seemed that it had it's own souvenir shop next door.
all that pathos. weird.
One of the best films of Tom Cruise. It is a good guided film. 10/10 I would see it again and again, and again.
If you think that's a misleading title, then you're right. Can Tom Cruise return from the dead to live happily ever after with a beautiful woman? Probably not in real life, but anything is possible in the movies.
Meiji, a nice Constitutional Emperor, a bad Emperor of Japan
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
"I will tell you how he lived."
'The Last Samurai' is the best war epic since 'Braveheart,' and carries the same perplexing and entrancing combination of brutal, realistically gory battle sequences contrasted against gorgeous landscapes and romantic scenes. I have never really enjoyed the work of Edward Zwick (His film 'Defiance' brutally massacred one of the most intriguing stories in Holocaust history and messily cobbled its remnants back together into an idiotic Russian soap opera) but here I have surprised myself by falling in love with his work. It is an entertaining, breathtaking piece of work, a frenetic rush of addrenaline to the bloodstream, a great film that successfully manages to balance light with dark, life with death,…
Chosen by: Joe P.
Something of a mix between an American civil war movie and a samurai movie. The story isn't necessarily bad but it does suffer from a spot of hollywoodisation.
Features the I-just-killed-someone rage face and the this-is-so-intense drama face of Tom Cruise that you all know so well.
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