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The Last Samurai
Tom Cruise and Billy Connolly




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Edward Zwick directs this sumptuously designed, action-packed period epic that stars Tom Cruise as Captain Nathan Algren. Algren, a former Civil War hero, is adrift in 1870s San Francisco after the war, a lost soul struggling to stay afloat in a booze-soaked stupor. When he is recruited by the Japanese government to train the Emperor's army, he departs for the unknown shores of Japan and begins training the soldiers in American military tactics. But these skills are useless against a band of samurai rebels led by the proud warrior Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), and Algren is easily defeated. He is taken to a remote samurai village where he learns samurai warrior codes and ways of life, developing a deep bond with Katsumoto and sharing philosophical conversations with him. Caught between the feudal culture of the ancient samurai warriors and the encroachment of modern society, Algren is forced to choose between his own culture or Katsumoto's. THE LAST SAMURAI is lavish in its dramatic period costumes and intense performances, and will thrill fans of both historical drama and action films.

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Overview

Edward Zwick directs this sumptuously designed, action-packed period epic that stars Tom Cruise as Captain Nathan Algren. Algren, a former Civil War hero, is adrift in 1870s San Francisco after the war, a lost soul struggling to stay afloat in a booze-soaked stupor. When he is recruited by the Japanese government to train the Emperor's army, he departs for the unknown shores of Japan and begins training the soldiers in American military tactics. But these skills are useless against a band of samurai rebels led by the proud warrior Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), and Algren is easily defeated. He is taken to a remote samurai village where he learns samurai warrior codes and ways of life, developing a deep bond with Katsumoto and sharing philosophical conversations with him. Caught between the feudal culture of the ancient samurai warriors and the encroachment of modern society, Algren is forced to choose between his own culture or Katsumoto's. THE LAST SAMURAI is lavish in its dramatic period costumes and intense performances, and will thrill fans of both historical drama and action films.

Main Cast & Crew

Edward Zwick - Director
Tom Cruise
Billy Connolly
Tony Goldwyn
Masao Harada
Timothy Spall
Ken Watanabe
William Atherton
Shin Koyamada
Hiroyuki Sanada
Seizo Nakamura

 

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DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (New Packaging)
  • Run Time: 144
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929106783
  • Genre: Action
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (strong violence and battle sequences)
  • Release Date: May 2004

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Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Action
Adventure
Civil War
War
Heroes
Epic
Period Piece
Samurai
Historical
Theatrical Release
Violence
Japan
Ancient Civilizations
Soldiers
Battles

 

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Theatrical Release Date: December 5, 2003

Reviews:
"...[A] rousing, smoothly assembled historical fantasia....A handsome epic..." - 12/05/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.63


"...Cruise plays the role with fierce energy and swings a Bushido blade like a pro..." - 12/25/2003 Rolling Stone, p.118


"[With] some of the most impressively realised battles this side of Middle Earth." - 02/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.50


"Mr. Zwick has absorbed the lethal agility of Akira Kurosawa; what registers just as powerfully as the sureness of the combatants is the ugly futility of the battles themselves." - 12/05/2003 New York Times, p.E1


"THE LAST SAMURAI affords the sort of fizzy enjoyment that can come with epic movie endeavors, including a meticulously detailed world unlike our own, an excellent supporting cast and some pulse-pounding fights." - 12/05/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"Beautifully designed, intelligently written, acted with conviction, it's an uncommonly thoughtful epic." - 12/05/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.39


"THE LAST SAMURAI is another stirring Civil War-era epic directed by Edward Zwick." - 06/01/2006 Widescreen Review, p.61

 

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