THE LAST SAMURAI (Theatrical Release USA 2003)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.7|5.0 Stars ìììì

The Last Samurai—
outstanding masterpiece—tells the story of the disintegration of the Samurai as Japan’s warrior class. Masterfully told, this film moves itself beyond classic status into the realm of 'remake cannot make it better than it is'.

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Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a United States Army officer, suffers from anxieties and nightmares about mayhems he committed against Native Americans under his commanding officer, Colonel Bagley (Tony Goldwyn). When Japan requests United States’ aid to train a modern Japanese military force to replace its outmoded Samurai warrior class, Captain Algren travels to train this new army in the use of modern weaponry. In the first skirmish with the Samurai, the new Japanese military is defeated and Captain Algren is captured by the Samurai.

Additional Thanks

This film comes under a Best Work effort for Director Edward Zwick. Thank you to Executive Producers Ted Field, Vincent Ward, Charles Mulvehill, and Richard Solomon for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), Winchester Representative (William Atherton), Winchester Representative Assistant (Chad Lindberg), Omura (Masato Harada) ,Convention Hall Attendee (Ray Godshall, Sr.), Zebulon Gant (Billy Connolly), Omura’s Companion (Mosashi Odate), Simon Graham (Timothy Spall), and General Hasegawa (Togo Igawa).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The movie outstandingly entertains by crossing international borders with finesse. Do not miss this bit of history told in high style that more than fills requirements for entertainment.

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