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.
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…
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.
Edward Zwick's polished epic has all the hallmarks of a heavyweight eastern classic. Set in Japan late in the 19th century,the story revolves around a former U.S army captain recruited by the Japanese emperor to train his fledgling army in the ways of modern warfare.
Tom Cruise is the borderline alcoholic haunted by his own demons and war memories that has a serious culture clash with his new employers. After leading the ill-prepared new army against a formidable force of samurai warriors equipped only with swords and bows and arrows the illustrious captain is captured and taken north to the samurai's stronghold in the mountains. Held high above the snowline in a seamless valley he reassesses his own beliefs and…
Installment in my Actor Arc Challenge
Despite putting this in my own challenge, I was slightly dreading having to watch this. Part of that came down to this being a 154min film and it's hard for me to find the time to fit such a long film in. However, the other part was that I didn't think I'd enjoy it. I believe I have only seen this once and that was a long time ago; I'm not even sure that I saw it in its entirety back then either. Luckily, I did watch this and I'm so glad that I did.
I think this film is spectacular. Back wen I was younger films like this or Gladiator might have bored…
Avoided this up til now, just never fancied it! Touch long, great fight scenes, awesome score but predictable ending. Enjoyable!
At first I though it was going to be a standard generic Hollywood film,but as the film progressed it came into its own with superb heartfelt performances by all the actors.Making me thoroughly enjoy the film.
Dumb premise with a great execution carried on the shoulders of wonderful Japanese actors, as well as a flawless costume and set design. With a different leading man could've been a classic. Also is it just me or is Ed Zwick an undeservingly underrated director?
One of the most underrated tom cruise movies......epic.
Está bien ver de vez en cuando buenas pelis épicas rodadas en la actualidad. Ahora hay muchos efectos visuales y demás, pero ver pelis "a la antigua usanza" con buena cantidad de extras, y bien hechas (cuántas "el nuevo Señor de los Anillos" vinieron después y, en fin...) se agradece. Me gusta que pese a que para hacer promo el protagonista absoluto de los carteles sea Cruise, Ken Watanabe tenga casi la misma importancia. Peli pausada pero que no se hace larga y las escenas de acción y la batalla están bien. Quizá no destaque en nada en especial pero es recomendable.
Buena peli para un domingo por la tarde.
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I've said it before, but I'll say it again, Tom Cruise is a guilty pleasure of mine. He's pretty typecast and most of his roles are quite similar, but I still enjoy the shit out of most of his movies.
With New Zealand as its backdrop, The Last Samurai is a stunning feat of cinematography. There are some scenes that, with the help of Hans Zimmer and his soundtrack, require very little to elicit an emotional response; it's that beautiful.
The problem with the film is the dialogue can get in the way at times. It seems that the less dialogue the better the film was. The performance from Tom was really good, as was Ken Watanabe's. I enjoy revisiting this one every few years.
Watched it to pass time on an international flight; it was surprisingly okay. Kind of generic and cliché-ridden, but a decently enjoyable dramatization of a particular time in Japanese history.