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The Last Samurai (2003) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

1032

Avg. Rating:

2.83/4

# of Ratings:

366

Genres:

War, Drama

Rating:

PG-13

Language:

English

Theater Date:

12/05/2003

Director:

Edward Zwick

Actors:

Tom Cruise
Ken Watanabe
Tony Goldwyn
John Koyama
Togo Igawa

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

After being captured by the same samurai who he was hired to kill, he falls in love with their culture and decides to fight with them until the end.

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mitchellyoung 05/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

I could have done without the film forcing some of its more "zen" thematic elements, but the battle sequences (Zwick's strong suite) are energetic and Tom Cruise gives a focused and courageous performance. The real standout is tight-lipped Ken Watanabe who goes toe to toe, acting-wise, with Cruise in every scene.

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Snoogans 12/20/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

I liked the presentation of the Samurai and Cruise is better here than I would've thought.

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Daniel Corleone 09/01/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Tom Cruise as the foreigner in Japan named Nathan Algren who falls for a girl and fights with a cause. There were a few dragging scenes in the middle of the film. I enjoyed the choreography, cinematography, score and acting. If only there was a more engaging script that could lift the spirits of a few dull moments. The costume and set locations were beautiful and all, unfortunately, overall it The Last Samurai was good, nothing memorable but touching.

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shutterspeed777 04/24/2009 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Once again, a man's life had undergone a total paradigm shift. Captain NATHAN ALGREN (TOM CRUISE) as the disillusioned ex-United States Army Captain, was originally hired to train a group of western-influenced Imperial Japanese Army through the auspices of MEIJI RESTORATION GOVERNMENT. A lot of dark history between ALGREN and LT. BAGLEY (TONY GOLDWYN) which serves as the undertone of these two characters. ALGREN's encounter with KATSUMOTO (KEN WATANABE) opened up a new understanding of the way of Samurai (BUSHIDO) and causes a re-alignment of his allegiance. Very deeply rooted in modern Japanese history.Good classic.

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  Yojimbo
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03/18/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Last Samurai" by Yojimbo

A disillusioned cavalry officer is ordered to train an army to fight against a rebellious samurai in Japan, only to be captured and come to respect his erstwhile foe. Yes, that's right, it's Dances With Japs. Or maybe, How The East Was Won. This film is exactly what i was expecting; a typical Hollywood historical epic. Tiny Tom is troubled by clumsy flashbacks of an atrocity which now shapes his entire personality and sets off to do his duty, only to learn to admire the noble savages while they learn from his pig-headed self-destructiveness and provide him with a handily widowed village babe and surrogate family. He then switches sides leading to the wobbly lower-lip inducing heroic final battle after which an American invents modern Japan (probably shouldn't have nuked it 70 years later ...

Rating of
2.5/4 

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  Holas
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11/12/2009 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

When gun meets sword

If I had only seen the last half hours of the movie I would still call it "Incredible." I simply adore a good movie where the Protagonist and the Antagonist switch places. One minute you're routing for this team, and the next for the other. But all along, you want Cruise's character to come on top. During some scenes where Cruise is training with the Samurai and he just can't beat this one guy. The training happenes a few times with the same fate--cruise is beaten down. But the last time, it comes to a draw.....and everybody pauses. This is what I believe is the pivital point of the film where Cruise is officially one of them. I don't know much about the Japanese culture, but I know that respect is high on the list, and Cruises character has just earned theirs. The fight scene at...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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