The Last Samurai
In the face of an enemy, in the heart of one man, lies the soul of a warrior.
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours, 34 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 3, 2009
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Commentary by director Edward Zwick
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada & Billy Connolly|
|Directed by||Edward Zwick|
|Edited by||Steven Rosenblum & Victor Du Bois|
|Screenwriting by||Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz & John Logan|
|Composition by||Hans Zimmer|
|Produced by||Tom Engelman, Edward Zwick, Scott Kroopf, Paula Wagner, Ted Field, Tom Cruise & Marshall Herskovitz|
|Director of Photography:||John Toll|
|Executive Production by||Charles Mulvehill, Vincent Ward & Richard Solomon|
Competently mounted in its studiedly immersive, elongated way, Zwick's earnest costume epic dresses a knee-jerk, reactionary sensibility in exotic garb. Full Review
The Last Samurai is an idyll in which the savageries of existence are transcended by spiritual devotion. That's a beautiful dream, and it gives the film a deep pleasingness, but the fullness of life and its blackest ambiguities are sacrificed.
New York Magazine/Vulture
Rating: 2/5 -- The real point of the film seems to be the poster image of a battle-ready Tom Cruise waving a sword and all decked out in gleaming red-and-black samurai armor. Full Review
One of the best films of 2003. Full Review
...[A] rousing, smoothly assembled historical fantasia....A handsome epic...
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.
Los Angeles Times
[With] some of the most impressively realised battles this side of Middle Earth.
Sight and Sound
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.
Action | Adventure | Civil War | War | Heroes | Epic | Period Piece | Samurai | Historical | Theatrical Release | Violence | Japan | Ancient Civilizations | Soldiers | Battles
- Theatrical Release Date: December 5, 2003
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