The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai

Director: Edward Zwick Cast: Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe
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The Last Samurai 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is beautiful in so many ways. It touches something deep within me that mourns the loss of the old ways, even in my own life.
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
I don't mean to discredit Kevin Costner's film because it was very good, but The Last Samurai made more of an impact on me. I was especially taken in by the scene in the final battle when Civil War veteran Nathan Algren looks around and once again sees men fighting their own countrymen to the blood-soaked, gruesome, remorseless end, literally hacking each other apart or shooting the enemy to ribbons. Kudos to Timothy Spall, who begins and finishes the narrative. He did a great job even though he's not in many portions of the film. Just as Costner decided to forsake his own culture for another way of life, Cruise's character wishes to forget his past: he once took part in a massacre of Indian women and children in a village. Captured by the samurai after a brief but ferocious stand on his own, he's forced to spend months in their midst (in fact living with the family of a man he killed) and comes to not only appreciate but honor their ways. Ken Watanabe, the leader, and Hiroyuki Sanada, the second in command, were terrific as the former teaches Algren with "a good conversation" and the latter shows him how to wield a sword. Epic cinema.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is on my top ten list! Great, outstanding. It is so good. And for you who are sensitive to R rated movies it really isn't as violent as Braveheart if you know what I mean. Definately Tom Cruis's finest hour!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"The Last Samurai" unlike many other war and battle oriented films is very different. Its not just the war sequences that you should be attracted to this movie for, its also for the wonderfull scenario of the 19th Century Japan and the emotional bond between each individual in the film. I have seen quite few films of Tom Cruise but this one is probably one of his few best's. Tom Cruise did very well so did Ken Wantanbe. The japanese lady who played the role of Wantanbe's sister "Taka" did extremely well. I almost had a crush on her in the film, she potrayed her role very well. Each and everyone individual did very well. Very good presentation, great direction. The DVD has a lot of interesting features other than its widescreen format. There is also few deleted scenes and cast interviews and a History Channel Documentry, etc. Dont forget to get this on Dvd if you loved the movie wholeheartedly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has such a dramatic soul. I felt more emotion from this single movie then from any number of ones in the past. It gave credit to justice and chivalry at its best, but it as well gave forth to intrigue. This movie gave you the best of all worlds without taking away from the true heart of the civilization and western influence. SEE THE MOVIE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies of all time! It is as good as the Return of the King. I can't wait for it to come out on video. Make sure you don't let this one pass by.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like history of Samurais and how they were slowly dwindling because of advances in technology you will love this movie! This movie is pretty correct with the timeline in history. It is a great action movie also it is not just like a boring history movie like some that have come out before. This movie keeps you in the plot and hoping that they will prevail and be able to protect themselves and keep their very special way of life. You find yourself starting to like some of the characters and hoping they will live to see another day. Even though Tom Cruise with his brown hair doesn¿t look like a typical samurai would he still learns to love them and embrace them. They look on him as an outsider when he first enters their village because he does look so different from their traditional black hair and robes that they wear but they learn to accept the differences. That is what makes this movie so good. You know that it is possible to become friends with anyone even with all of your differences and the backgrounds that you come from. This movie can teach us all about accepting each other. That is why this movie is the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
God, I loved this movie! This movie was terrifc and sad. It was terrific because Cruise and Wantanabe deliver excellent acting, battle sequences were awesome, and you actually cared for some of the characters. It was sad especially in the last few minutes of the movie, I couldn't help shedding a few tears. You'll have to watch the movie if you want to know more as I don't want to you spoil it for you. Another thing, the score. Beautiful. Rating: 93/100 Recommended:Highly
Guest More than 1 year ago
Edward Zwick's zen like portrayal of 'The Last Samurai' is sublime. His command over epic battle scenes has gone unmatched since the Oscar winning 'Glory.' If your curious about Japanese Samuria culture this is the movie for you. It also appeals to those who watch movies just for action and romance but does it with a historical twist. BUY THE MOVIE!
Quixotic_Noble More than 1 year ago
While the film glamorizes and paints the era in a light that is much more respectable than it really was, it protrays the themes and elements that are in the philosophy of the time well. It is the westerns of Japan, a combination of realism and folk myth to create an excellent film. First, Ken Watanabe's performance is surpurb. Now I am not a paticular fan of Tom Cruise, he can never stop being tom cruise in any of his movies, and he is always running. literally. However, this film is fantastic and he redeems himself as an actor. The story arc and character arc in Alegrn is poetic and inspiring. the emotional love story between Algren and Taka is the reminder Hollywood needs that explict sex in not needed to communicate passionate love and adoration and devotion. The film is not usually up there among critics and film-goers but it should be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of Tom Crusies best films.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie! It is so powerful and deep that it makes you really think about the Samurai way of life. Tom Cruise plays his part flawlessly. I was blown away by his performance- he's deserving of his fame. But this movie truly has a heart, and something even deeper, perhaps even a soul, that keeps it thriving. It will definitely be a movie worth watching many years from now- timeless and unforgettable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite movies of all time. It is the kind of film you can watch over and over again, and it never gets tiring. This is the mesmerizing story of Captain Nathan Algren, a civil war veteran who is haunted by his traumatic experiences of the war. When he is taken captive by the samurai while fighting against them, he is kept in their village for the winter. He finds himself inspired and intrigued by their disciplined way of life and their honor, and soon pledges himself to their cause. Throughout the entire film I was completely enthralled. I found so many scenes touching, and by the end I was in tears. Cruise and Watanabe both delivered oscar-worthy performances. The rest of the cast was equilly impressive. I highly recommend this movie to everyone. No matter what genre you prefer, this movie is just perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. Tom Cruise was great! This is a 'must see'. Acting was wonderful and the casting was great! But then I love historical type epic movies. Ken Watenabe was new to me and I hope to see more of him in the future. Great scenics also. This movie was done in very good taste. Battle scenes were great and the love scenes in the best of taste seen for a very long time. This movie should have taken an Oscar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those who have allowed the media to turn them against Tom Cruise...just watch. In what I feel is his greatest performance, Cruise steals scene after scene. Timothy Spall also turns in a worthy performance. There is a great deal of action, if not so much adventure, but it is very gripping and quite unsugarcoated. The plot cannot, in any way, be called predictable. It is full of sadness and pain and emotionally very charging. 5 stars. Recomended for action fans who like Platoon and fans of the Orient.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not a big Tom Cruise fan after the likes of Vanilla Sky, Eyes Wide Shut, and Magnolia. But after I watched this film, I kept telling myself how great an actor he is. The cinematography is great. The action sequences are long, bloody, and exciting. The movie made me more interested in learning about samurais!
ClassicRock_Chick More than 1 year ago
It's one of the most emotional gripping movies I have ever seen. Finally, a movie about honor, respect, determination and loyalty! Many of the scenes are so beautifully shoot and the script is very well done. I am happy that I was able to see this movie in theater and now own in on DVD. I also own the soundtrack which is incredible!! The music is great to calm yourself, relax, help go to sleep, meditate and just make your environment peaceful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now, before I saw the Last Samurai in theaters awhile back, I had known a little history about the struggle of Western influence and the Meiji era, but none on a personal and emotional level. And after viewing the film, I was incredibly touched by the bravery of the samurai and their determination: especially Katsumoto's desire in seeing the young emperor remember their 'vanashing way of life'. Tom Cruise, in my opinion, was well suited for the role, and I cannot picture anyone else in his stead as the tormented war hero who had lost his cause and found solace in the last place he'd expect. The battle scenes, the attention to detail and attire, everything brought realism into the film and i encourage you guys to watch it if you haven't. The only disappointment I have has to do with the ending . . but that didn't keep me, and it shouldn't keep you from enjoying the Last Samurai for what it's worth. (including those prejudiced few who are centered on anti-cruise animosity ;D!). i've received the DVD today and am extremely pleased with the amount of extras it has! (including an interesting look on the factual history behind the movie) it's definetely worth the price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although not (specifically) historically accurate, The Last Samurai captures the essence of Japanese culture during this important period. It does great honor to the Japanese culture, and offers excellent production values and performances. We(again) see how good an actor Cruise is, even as the 'Academy' (once again) ignores an actor that gives an outstanding physical and emotional performance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
well, i wasn't too Gung-ho with this movie, so i gave it only 3 stars. yet, i must say.... it is very well made, and a great story line. overall, it was alright. i prefer the Patriot more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always noted Tom Cruise films with a degree of casualness, if not apathy. THE LAST SAMURAI however, is absolutely stunning, from cinematography to story line to acting. Tom Cruise shines. It is the best professional work he has done and without question propels him into the category of World Class. A combination of 'Dances with Wolves' and 'Shogun', the film has far more depth of storyline that the preview clips would ever lead one to expect, and thus the battle scenes and violence arrive as a natural part of the story, in no way gratuitous. A fantastic film as well as a fabulous piece of work by Cruise. He has 'raised the bar' and viewers will now expect far more from him in his future body of work. Don't miss this one.