The Last Samurai


The Last Samurai

Overview:

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Votes 1869 (7.3/10)

Runtime: 154 minutes

Release Date 2003-12-05

Budget: $140,000,000.00

Revenue: $456,758,981.00

Tagline: In the face of an enemy, in the heart of one man, lies the soul of a warrior.

Production company:

  • Cruise/Wagner Productions
  • Warner Bros.
  • Radar Pictures
  • Bedford Falls Company, The

Production country:

  • Japan
  • United States of America
  • New Zealand

Genres:

  • Drama
  • Action
  • War
  • History

Trailer

Further Information

Captain Nathan Algren
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
Katsumoto
Ken Watanabe
Ken Watanabe
Winchester Rep
William Atherton
William Atherton
Winchester Rep Assistant
Chad Lindberg
Chad Lindberg
Zebulon Gant
Billy Connolly
Billy Connolly
Colonel Bagley
Tony Goldwyn
Tony Goldwyn
Emperor Meiji
Shichinosuke Nakamura
Shichinosuke Nakamura
Taka
Koyuki
Koyuki
Simon Graham
Timothy Spall
Timothy Spall
General Hasegawa
Togo Igawa
Togo Igawa
Ambassador Swanbeck
Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson
Nakao
Shun Sugata
Shun Sugata
Nobutada
Shin Koyamada
Shin Koyamada
Ujio
Hiroyuki Sanada
Hiroyuki Sanada
Omura
Masato Harada
Masato Harada
Omura's Companion
Masashi Odate
Masashi Odate
Omura's Bodyguard
John Koyama
John Koyama
N.C.O.
Satoshi Nikaido
Satoshi Nikaido
Young Recruit
Shintaro Wada
Shintaro Wada
Higen
Sosuke Ikematsu
Sosuke Ikematsu
Magojiro
Aoi Minato
Aoi Minato
Sword Master
Shoji Yoshihara
Shoji Yoshihara
Silent Samurai
Seizô Fukumoto
Seizô Fukumoto
Convention Hall Attendee
Ray Godshall Sr.
Ray Godshall Sr.
Kyogen Player #1
Kosaburo Nomura IV
Kosaburo Nomura IV
Kyogen Player #2
Takashi Noguchi
Takashi Noguchi
Kyogen Player #3
Noguchi Takayuki
Noguchi Takayuki
Omura's Secretary
Sven Toorvald
Sven Toorvald
Soldier in Street #1
Yuki Matsuzaki
Yuki Matsuzaki
Soldier in Street #2
Mitsuyuki Oishi
Mitsuyuki Oishi
Soldier in Street #3
Jiro Wada
Jiro Wada
Guard
Hiroshi Watanabe
Hiroshi Watanabe
Sword Master's Assistant
Yusuke Myochin
Yusuke Myochin
Samurai Ensemble
Hiroaki Amano
Hiroaki Amano
Samurai Ensemble
Kenta Daibo
Kenta Daibo
Samurai Ensemble
Koji Fujii
Koji Fujii
Samurai Ensemble
Makoto Hashiba
Makoto Hashiba
Samurai Ensemble
Shimpei Horinouchi
Shimpei Horinouchi
Samurai Ensemble
Takashi Kora
Takashi Kora
Samurai Ensemble
Shane Kosugi
Shane Kosugi
Samurai Ensemble
Takeshi Maya
Takeshi Maya
Samurai Ensemble
Seiji Morita
Seiji Morita
Samurai Ensemble
Lee Murayama
Lee Murayama
Samurai Ensemble
Takeru Shimizu
Takeru Shimizu
Samurai Ensemble
Shinji Suzuki
Shinji Suzuki
Samurai Ensemble
Hisao Takeda
Hisao Takeda
Samurai Ensemble
Ryoichiro Yonekura
Ryoichiro Yonekura
Director
Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick
Screenplay
John Logan
John Logan
Screenplay
Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick
Screenplay
Marshall Herskovitz
Marshall Herskovitz
Producer
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
Producer
Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick
Producer
Marshall Herskovitz
Marshall Herskovitz
Producer
Paula Wagner
Paula Wagner
Producer
Scott Kroopf
Scott Kroopf
Producer
Tom Engelman
Tom Engelman
Original Music Composer
Hans Zimmer
Hans Zimmer
Director of Photography
John Toll
John Toll
Editor
Victor Du Bois
Victor Du Bois
Executive Producer
Ted Field
Ted Field
Executive Producer
Richard Solomon
Richard Solomon
Executive Producer
Vincent Ward
Vincent Ward
Executive Producer
Charles Mulvehill
Charles Mulvehill
Production Design
Lilly Kilvert
Lilly Kilvert
Casting
Victoria Thomas
Victoria Thomas
Costume Design
Ngila Dickson
Ngila Dickson
Editor
Steven Rosenblum
Steven Rosenblum

TopKek

Edward Zwick's "The Last Samurai" is about two warriors whose cultures make them aliens, but whose values make them comrades. The battle scenes are stirring and elegantly mounted, but they are less about who wins than about what can be proven by dying. Beautifully designed, intelligently written, acted with conviction, it's an uncommonly thoughtful epic. Its power is compromised only by an ending that sheepishly backs away from what the film is really about. Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe co-star, as a shabby Civil War veteran and a proud samurai warrior. Cruise plays Nathan Algren, a war hero who now drifts and drinks too much, with no purpose in life. He's hired by Americans who are supplying mercenaries to train an army for the Japanese emperor, who wants to move his country into the modern world and is faced with a samurai rebellion. The role of the samurai leader Katsumoto (Watanabe) is complex; he is fighting against the emperor's men, but out of loyalty to the tradition the emperor represents, he would sacrifice his life in an instant, he says, if the emperor requested it. But Japan has been seized with a fever to shake off its medieval ways and copy the West, and the West sees money to be made in the transition: Representatives from the Remington arms company are filling big contracts for weapons, and the U.S. Embassy is a clearinghouse for lucrative trade arrangements. Into this cauldron Algren descends as a cynic. He is told the samurai are "savages with bows and arrows," but sees that the American advisers have done a poor job of training the modernized Japanese army to fight them. Leading his untried troops into battle, he is captured and faces death -- but is spared by a word from Katsumoto, who returns him as a prisoner to the village of his son.

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