Last Samurai

The Last Samurai

4.9 10
by Hans Zimmer
     
 
Set in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's army in the art of modern warfare. The music to the epic film was composed by Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Gladiator), marking his 100th film score.

Overview

Set in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's army in the art of modern warfare. The music to the epic film was composed by Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer (The Lion King, Gladiator), marking his 100th film score.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Hans Zimmer's score for Edward Zwick's samurai epic The Last Samurai mixes his own densely composed style with Japanese instruments and melodies, resulting in a brooding, atmospheric collection of music. Shakuhachi and other flutes, koto, and taiko drums make their presence known throughout the score, most effectively on compositions like "A Way of Life," which begins as a reflective duet for flute and strings before swelling into an ominous but majestic melody. "Spectres in the Fog" is another compelling mix of beauty and violence, starting with a delicate koto melody and rolling drums before crashing percussion and sawing strings turn the mood from bittersweet to battle-ready. These drums of war and battle cries increase as the score unfolds, making tracks such as "Safe Passage," "Ronin," and "Red Warrior" nearly as tense and striking outside of the film's context as they are in it. The score's quieter moments are just as thoughtfully crafted, with "Taken," "A Hard Teacher," and "Idyll's End" adding restraint and balancing the more explosive tracks. The Last Samurai flows from track to track seamlessly; indeed, its lengthy, multi-part compositions give it the feel of one long, shifting composition. Its Asian melodies and emphasis on percussion are reminiscent of Tan Dun's score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, but this score is both more somber and more lush, particularly on its closing pieces, "The Way of the Sword" and "A Small Measure of Peace." Both of these tracks mix gravity and hope into a somber conclusion to a somber but expertly crafted score that ranks among Zimmer's finest work.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
Label:
Elektra / Wea
UPC:
0075596293228
catalogNumber:
62932
Rank:
16017

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hans Zimmer   Primary Artist,Synthesizer
Sue Raney   Bass
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Sid Page   Violin,Concert Master
Richard Todd   Bass
Richard Altenbach   Violin
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Mathew Cooker   Viola
Larry Corbett   Viola
Douglas Davis   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello,Soloist
Endre Granat   Violin,Concert Master
Alan Grunfeld   Violin
Clayton Haslop   Violin
Todd Hemmenway   Viola
Bill Hendrickson   Sampling
Paula Hochhalter   Viola
Dennis Karmazyn   Viola
Armen Ksadjikian   Viola
June Kuramoto   Koto,Soloist
Roger Lebow   Viola
Dimitrie Leivici   Violin
Dane Little   Viola
David Low   Viola
Rene Mandel   Violin
Edward Meares   Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler   Bass
Suzette Moriarty   Bass
Robin Olson   Violin
Katia Popov   Violin
Emil Richards   taiko,Soloist
Mark Robertson   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Kurt Snyder   Bass
Kevan Torfeh   Viola
Cecilia Tsan   Viola
Miwako Watanabe   Violin
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Ken Yerke   Violin
Bill Schultz   Shakuhachi,Soloist
Fred Selden   Flute,Wind Instruments,Soloist
Andrew Shulman   Viola
Sebastian Toettcher   Viola
John Walz   Viola
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Lisa Sutton   Violin
Tommy Johnson   Tuba
Craig Eastman   Fiddle,Soloist
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Rowena Hamil   Viola
Christian Kollgaard   Bass
Timothy Landauer   Viola
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Hershberger   Violin
Alexander Isles   Trombone
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Roberto Cani   Violin
Michael Valerio   Bass
Trevor Handy   Viola
Oscar Hidalgo   Bass
Blake Neely   Conductor
Fred W. Greene   Tuba
Liane Mautner   Violin
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Erika Duke   Viola
Nico Abandolo   Bass
Trevor Morris   Group Member
Mark Wherry   Group Member
Melissa "Tortuga Wench" Muik   Group Member
Eric J. Hosler   Violin
Phillip Yao   Bass
Ana Landauer   Violin
Sungil Lee   Violin
Hollywood Studio Symphony   Performing Ensemble
Delores Clay   Vocals,Soloist
Chris Loper   Trombone
David Duke   Bass
Benjamin Hale   Vocals,Chant,Soloist
Steve Richards   Viola
Steven Holtman   Trombone
John Reynolds   Bass
Phillip Teele   Trombone
James Thatcher   Bass
Phillip Levy   Violin
Paul Cohen   Viola
Chris Ermacoff   Viola
Franklyn D'Antonio   Violin
Steven Becknell   Bass
Tamara Hatwan   Violin
David H. Speltz   Viola

Technical Credits

Bruce Fowler   Orchestration
Ladd McIntosh   Orchestration
Alan Meyerson   Engineering
Suzette Moriarty   Orchestration
John Rodd   Stage Engineer
Bill Talbott   Stage Engineer
Hans Zimmer   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Danny Bramson   Executive Producer
Tom Steel   Stage Engineer
Slamm Andrews   Engineer,Engineering
Geoff Zanelli   Arranger,Programming
Blake Neely   Arranger,Programming
Keith Zajic   Business Consultant
Trevor Morris   Arranger,Programming
Damon Tedesco   Stage Engineer
Peter Rotter   Cover Composition
Slan Meverson   Engineer
Jason Murakawa   Art Direction
Edward Zwick   Executive Producer
Debi Streeter   Music Administrator
Bart Hendrickson   Sample Editing
Dirk Hebert   Business Consultant
Charles Lozow   Business Consultant

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The Last Samurai 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Hans Zimmer is a genius *the orchestra is to thank as well* This movie's soundtrack is unbelievable. I think and it is said sometimes that music can make peoples emotions come out from the deapths of their hearts. The Last Samurai is a beautifully written epic that has emotions throughout the movie. This soundtrack makes the movie and its emotions. It is like a samurai. A samurai must wield a sword to be complete and to do battle. A movie must have music to be complete as a story for without music it would be boring and pathetic. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys Japanese type mythical music to swing your sword to and jump around to. Or hey you can even relax to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I saw "The Last Samurai", I just had to buy the soundtrack. It is worth every penny. The music is epic, yet quite relaxing. Buy this disc, and experience Han Zimmer's latest achievment in music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Spirited Away" is the only word that comes to mind when you listen to this soundtrack. It sound even better if you've already watched the movie so I highly recommend it. All of the tracks are equally awesome in their own way so there isn't any "bad" track. My personal favorites are "Spectres in the Fog", and "A Small Measure of Peace". On a whole, this soundtrack is 95/100
Guest More than 1 year ago
HAN ZIMMER IS AMAZING! I love his music. The Last Samurai is amazing music just like the movie! He blends history and music together in this soundtrack! I deserves five stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the music from "The Last Samurai"! Hans Zimmer just does the best job any one could do! It is such a good soundtrack and once you listen to the samples you'll want the soundtrack!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I usually like listening to rock music like Coheed and Cambra, UnderOath, and P.O.D.. I really love this music. After watching The Last Samurai, I have a new appretiation for Japan and Hans Zimmer music. Every song is great and really powerful especially the last song, "A Small Measure of Peace." This CD is recommended for everybody. This music really sets you at peace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of Hans Zimmer's soundtracks. It is by turns soothing and peaceful and achingly sad and poignant. I am 17 and I like to listen to it when I paint and sketch because it's so calming and never fails to inspire me. Even if you didn't like the movie you will love the soundtrack. The blend of the grand Western-style symphony with the Japanese taiko, koto, and shakuhachi is exquisite and perfect. Not to be missed!
n12old More than 1 year ago
In the east you generally get the feeling of peace and tranquility. You feel that the wisdom of ages of dedication of a people who set out everyday and be the best. A sense of nobility is what I get when I watch the film, the score is just as moving, it paints a vivid picture of an age long gone just by itself.