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The Last Samurai (2003)

The Last Samurai (2003)

Format DVD
DVD Regions Japan, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East, including Egypt
Actor(s) Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Ken Watanabe
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Captain Nathan Algren is a man adrift. The battles he once fought now seem distant and futile. Once he risked his life for honor and country, but, in the years since the Civil War, the world has changed. Pragmatism has replaced courage, self-interest has taken the place of sacrifice and honor is nowhere to be found--especially out West where his role in the Indian Campaigns ended in disillusionment and sorrow. Somewhere on the unforgiving plains near the banks of the Washita River, Algren lost his soul. A universe away, another soldier sees his way of life about to disintegrate. He is Katsumoto, the last leader of an ancient line of warriors, the venerated Samurai, who dedicated their lives to serving emperor and country. Just as the modern way encroached upon the American West, cornering and condemning the Native American, it also engulfed traditional Japan. The telegraph lines and railroads that brought progress now threaten those values and codes by which the Samurai have lived and died for centuries. But Katsumoto will not go without a fight. The paths of these two warriors converge when the young Emperor of Japan, wooed by American interests who covet the growing Japanese market, hires Algren to train Japan's first modern, conscript army. But as the Emperor's advisors attempt to eradicate the Samurai in preparation for a more Westernized and trade-friendly government, Algren finds himself unexpectedly impressed and influenced by his encounters with the Samurai. Their powerful convictions remind him of the man he once was. Thrust now into harsh and unfamiliar territory, with his life and perhaps more important, his soul, in the balance, the troubled American soldier finds himself at the center of a violent and epic struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his sense of honor to guide him.
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Format DVD
DVD Regions Japan, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East, including Egypt
Genre Action
Censor Rating U/A (Parental Guidance)
Actor(s) Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Ken Watanabe
Director(s) Edward Zwick
Studio Big home video

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  1.  A high point for Tom Cruise 5 October, 2013 On
    Being a huge Tom Cruise fan, I picked up this movie without any hesitation. I'd seen some mixed reviews, and critics who panned the movie, but just went with my gut.

    And my gut was right. This is perhaps Tom Cruise's acting hours, considering he has acted is so many great movies. Having been to Japan, I do know that the history part of it is spot on, and so is the culture depicted there. The performances are brilliant, and I would have to single out Ken Watanabe's. He is quite superb in his role, and I love how intense he is.

    Edward Zwick also deserves kudos for this movie cause the directing is spot on, and his mastery shows. This is a great movie, especially if you want to learn more about Japan, how it rose to become what it is today and how we must never simply let go of our past and embrace an uncertain future.
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