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The Last Samurai (2003) (1 Disc)

Released on 01 November 2003

Featuring: Tom Cruise, Tony Goldwyn & Ken Watanabe

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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Decorated Civil War veteran Nathan Algren (Cruise) is sent to Japan to train and lead the Emperor's troops in modern Western, gunpowder intensive, warfare to eliminate the country's remaining rebelling samurai.

Captured and imprisoned by the outlawed warriors, Algren is slowly swayed by their strict adherence to the honourable code of Bushido and, when the Emperor's forces mass once again, Algren offers to join his former captors in an effort to preserve their way of life...
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 "I will die by the sword. My own, or my enemy's."

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This movie is, by far, one of my favourite movies to date. It's so beautifully written, captured, scored and perfectly cast. It's definitely deserving of a 5 star rating. It vastly shows the difference between the Japanese culture to the western world and how, even within a country with so much history... how some can be so loyal to their old ways, yet others who are so willing to leave it behind to join with the new.

Tom Cruise may be the star in this movie, but in my personal opinion, it is Ken Watanabe who captures this movie in all its glory. He is charming, charismatic and most definitely captivating in his debut role for western cinema. He plays the character of Katsumoto, the General in the Bushidou Samurai who's views on life are admirable who looks at his enemy Algren (Tom Cruise), and instead of the brutality of wars in the western world, takes him prisoner but treats him with the same respect anyone would a welcome guest in your home, while learning from him and his culture as well as allowing Algren to do the same with theirs.

Algren, for sure, is a soul who's lost his path. A life time of savage wars taking its toll on him leads him to sink lower and lower into a pit of self-loathing and without a care in the world, for nobody... not even himself. It is only until finding himself held captive by the Samurai he releases there is more to life than what he has ever known. Finding peace and tranquility within his strange surroundings and inhabitants, he slowly begins to find his path once again and soon realises it's a much stranger destiny that he would've ever guessed for himself.

"The Last Samurai" isn't 100% in its history, but then, a politically correct Hollywood movie isn't always the right way to go. I believe so wholeheartedly with this one. If you want to see a movie that is pretty much all true references to the Samurai, maybe this film isn't for you. As a lot of people know, the Japanese are a proud race and teaching a non-Japanese the ways of the Samurai would not happen. Even in today's societies. But without such a small thing, the movie wouldn't be quite so beautifully captivating as it is.

The movie will touch your heart and really make you think about a culture other than your own and what people with a dedication live and die for. An astounding creation. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as i did and still do.

 Cruise' best film to date...awesome!!

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This film is excellent! I watched this when it was first released and then bought it when it came out on DVD. Tortured by the memories of death and the killing of innocent people,Nathan Algren ( Tom Crusie) is a civil war veteran drinking alot to try and rid of these bad memories.
Algren is asked to train the empereors troops in japan, his task proves incredibly difficult due to the troops lack of experience both in battle and in using live ammunition! Algren marches the japanese soldiers into a one-sided battle against the Samuari warriors, the Samurai completely obliterate anything in their way capturing Algren. Algren has to spend everyday, living and breathing the life and ways of the samurai- the scenes in this film are breath-taking and if you're not totally overcome by the incredible views, you'll be gripped and on the edge of you're seat watching the spectacular changes that Algren is faced to go through- literally fighting to earn the respect of the samurai warriors.
Granted, after hearing other peoples opinions and just from reading about he Samurai- this film probably isnt 100% historically acurate, however it does not hinder the acting (Tom Cruise/Ken Watanabe) and the magnificent story behind The Last Samurai one bit....A MUST WATCH-definately worth more than 5 stars!

 BEST FILM EVER!

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The last samurai is an epic. It has an amazing storyline, with some jaw - dropping action, especially the final battle! Tom Cruise did not get the credit he deserved for this he was truly incredible and so where the supporting cast. I recommend this film to anyone and everyone!

 Magnificent

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I avoided watching this film for ages...thinking it would be just another Tom Cruise "showpiece." Then I watched it and have fallen in love with it. It is one if not the most favourite film of mine now. It has beautiful cinematography and the acting is superb. The storyline is not completely historical but WHO cares! There are subtitles when the japanese is spoken in places but honestly it makes no difference. The soundtrack is perfect. It compliments the film. Tom Cruise is superb in his performance. The storyline is strong and the fight sequences are brilliant.
This will be in a few decades time a golden hollywood great - no mistake.

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ActorsTom Cruise, Tony Goldwyn, Ken Watanabe, William Atherton, Billy Connolly, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Masato Harada, Hiroyuki Sanada & Shun Sugata
DirectorEdward Zwick
Certificate15 years and over
Year2003
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish ; English (narrative) ; German ; German (narrative) ; Swedish ; Danish ; Finnish ; Icelandic ; Hebrew ; Arabic ; Greek
Duration2 hours and 27 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.