It's an impressive epic , heartbreaking statement about honor , tradition and futility of war. Flashbacks are used unnecessarily to try to enforce Cruise's sense of guilt in participating in the the slaughter of the Indians so we will understand his desire to defend another endangered species, the Samurai. Clearly, a ton of historical and cultural research and care went into the script, sets, costumes, casting. I had already seen it in theaters so I knew the story, but getting to see it again and take in all of its beautiful scenery in high-def was like a whole new experience. Ken Watanabe, however, is incredible in every scene - acting with a rare sensitivity and intensity and breathing life into a character much larger and more human than the grand story of which he is a part.
The cast also includes performances by Timothy Spall, Billy Connelly and Tony Goldwyn. Evocative score by Hans Zimmer. If you have, what did you think? Leading the forthcoming phalanx of arms-and-armour epics drawn from history and legend, Edward Zwick's compelling action-adventure is a masterclass not only in clarity of storytelling, economy of characterisation and dynamism of narrative, but also in the legitimate exposition of the heroic ideal. Is anyone really expecting to see some sort of masterpiece by a T. I would recommend this to a friend This story is one of my all-time favorites. Now I don't feel like this easily, but there was something about this film that made me feel so good, so different to so many other films.
This is a 10 out of 10 must see. In one scene, Samurais were fighting in a jungle. Embassy is a clearinghouse for lucrative trade arrangements. Cruise plays Captain Allgren, an alcoholic veteran who has seen and participated in too many massacres of innocent people, and is offered an opportunity to reclaim some of his honor by helping to train the Japanese military in the use of firearms. Hans Zimmer's score, incorporating traditional wood flutes and thunderous drums, is at times touching and evocative, at times bombastic and unnecessarily loud. The story, acting, and plot of the movie are all top notch as Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe portray their roles with a great respect to the way of the samurai.
Many characters are killed, including some we have come to care about. It was hard to find. Matsu Hito carried out various changes, as a liberal cabinet , creating a Duma or Parliament and following actual models and modern spirit ; plus contracting foreign specialists in Army , military at the film Tom Cruise, Tony Goldwyn, Billy Connolly. Among the brightest flowers is his nurse, Taka, the subject of a smouldering love interest, unspoken and unconsummated, that characterises the poignancy of Zwick's epic world. In Japan, the emperor has turned his eye towards the inevitable pull of modernity.
The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. The advisors to the Emperor convince him all the old ways, especially the Samurai, need to be eliminated. While the dark black engraving on the blade looks impressive enough, it is the only thing that sets it apart from all the other cheaply made Japanese style display swords. Not a moment of boredom. I would recommend this to a friend If you are a fan of Japanese Samurai culture and Tom Cruise, you cannot skip this movie. However, the film is not solely about the struggle for the Samurai to keep their way of life, another subplot includes the low key and shy love relationship between Algren and Taka, a quiet widow played with subtlety by Koyuki. Much like replicas, on the whole replicas of the Last Samurai sword are cheaply made stainless steel jobs with a spot welded rat-tail tang and all plastic fittings.
A man performs ritual suicide by killing himself -- he stabs himself with a sword to the stomach he moans as the blade goes in and we hear a crunch. Upon entering an upscale restaurant and an adjoining room, he meets a high-level Japanese politician and his former superior, Colonel Bagley played by Tony Goldwyn , who offer him a job as a military advisor to the Japanese Emperor. Although the Cruise character does not directly fight against the American army, he does stand against the Americanization of Japan and the American superiors who hired him to organize a Japanese Army. Tom Cruise should be given a lot of credit for using his star power to bring this story to American audiences. A man's wound is stitched: we see the open wound and blood and see the needle and thread tugging on the skin. They are defeated, and Algren is captured.
The tacit adoration between Algren and Taka subtly played by Koyuki , enormously adds to the beauty of the movie. I watched this without knowing what to expect and trust me the movie won me from the first moment, as the movie goes on it's just getting better and better, Tom Cruise at his very best! Although the central character is American mercenary Tom Cruise, the story of The Last Samurai is about the little known to occidentals event of the Samurai revolt of 1877 led by Saigo Takamori who operates under a different character name and is played flawlessly by Ken Watanabe. All the necessary ingredients are here - beautiful Japanese landscapes and costumes, larger than life battlefield sequences, and eastern philosophy. Cruise plays Algren as a man who is at first,deeply flawed,with no hope. It was a lot more like Braveheart meets Seven Samurai with elements of inculturation a bit reminiscent of Wolves and Seven Years. Unfortunately, though, no matter how lofty the ambitions, the bottom line here is that in order to transcend the fairly standard hero-goes-on-a-journey-and- undergoes-change plot that we've all seen many times before, something pretty new and special has to be added.
After my third viewing, I can finally admit that this film has me. Japan was undergoing a tremendous transformation at this point in time. The one character shown on screen at the very beginning romanization: Sze meant in the service of the King. I am now determined to practice my martial art more often, get my revision done for my exams next week! Also, make sure to meet our awesome. As one fierce looking warrior in red armor closes in to kill him, Algren dodges the deathblow, and rams the spear into the neck of the warrior.