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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…
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 .
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…
Probably the best version Dances with Wolves I've seen. Gotta great sense of scale and very satisfying action. They even have the Glory tear here! 3 times!!!
Long, epic story that is well worth the watch. With obvious attention to capturing 19th century Japan in its struggle to abandon samurai ways for those of the West, Edward Zwick commands the screen with artful cinematography, strong dialogue, and a script that moves effortlessly through the story arcs. My only complaint: while it is obvious that the camera can only capture so much, there is much left outside the margins of both what we're shown and what the story is about, that I almost wish I'd read the book.
Cruise, again, does not play off his gravitas, but rather does a very good job of assuming the role of alcoholic Nathan Algren, a Civil War veteran hired to help…
Tom Cruise is the original wigger; this shit makes me want to play Dynasty Warriors.
One of those few rare times when my own knowledge of history corrupts a movie. The movie unapologetically characterizes the "Samurai" as noble, majestic, and honor bound while the corrupt "Western-influenced" Meiji officials are evil.
It's touched upon but barely that the fact that Meiji government is MOSTLY Samurai, Omura himself is probably a former Samurai based on his rank in the Meiji government. The fact that Samurai were most likely protesting the fact that the samurai were not allowed to carry swords and would no longer get special benefits is also mentioned but not really talked about. The Meiji era might have brought guns and weapons but it also democratized Japan, the rigid hierarchy of samurai above peasants is eliminated in the Meiji era.
I just couldn't get over the fact that this is just an overly romanticized portrayal of Samurai, a weak way of handling the end of an era.
Seen this one before, and gave it a rewatch yesterday. I think as looks go, it's a very nice looking movie, the action is well shot, everything looks good, and the battles are really quite nice. Tom Cruise is decent in it too, and i honestly don't have a problem with him.
However, this movie suffers from historical inaccuracies, and a plot lifted from the typical 'Dances with Samurai' type format, we've seen more recently in Avatar. The film potray Samurai as these 'can-do-no-wrong' type figures out to save Japan from the evil westerners, whereas in reality they were reactionary, brutal, out of date warlords.
The Last Samurai's about Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), an American general who takes part in a war between the Japanese Emperor and his government and the rebellious Samurai. It's a great film, made by one of the most underrated directors of Hollywood, Edward Zwick. The story's good because it's eventful and takes some unpredictable turns, the acting's great (I really like Ken Watanabe in this movie), the sets and overall production values are impressive, the battles are very well choreographed and the film ends beautifully. Also, I think that this film has one of the best soundtracks in movie history. I only have two small issues. Firstly, it is never explained why Nathan wants to go to Japan. Secondly, I think that the film needs another interesting character besides Nathan. If Katsumoto was supposed to we that character, then they should've given him some more screen time. 8/10
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I think I'd love this film if the poster said "Starring Watanabe Ken". I'd like it more if it hadn't stuck an American into a role history suggests was played by an Englishman. But I'm funny that way.
The Last Samurai tells the story of a US Captain hired to train the Japanese army to fight Samurai. However soon he is captured and his feelings begin to change about the savages he was hired to eradicate. The film is a beautiful tale of honor and duty and show the beauty of Japan and the Samurai. The action is sweeping and intense. However the films gives adequate character development to the cast around Cruise so you care just as much for them as you do for the main character. To go along with the sweeping epic fight scenes is a beautiful score by Hans Zimmer. The Last Samurai is not in the upper tier of Cruise's career, but it's easily in the second. It's a great action film that tells a deep story of a forgotten people. Recommended!
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