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The Last Samurai [Blu-ray] (2006)

Tom Cruise , Timothy Spall , Edward Zwick  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,100 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn
  • Directors: Edward Zwick
  • Writers: Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, John Logan
  • Producers: Tom Cruise, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Paula Wagner, Scott Kroopf
  • Format: THX, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JUB7LW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,255 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Samurai [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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While Japan undergoes tumultuous transition to a more Westernized society in 1876-77, The Last Samurai gives epic sweep to an intimate story of cultures at a crossroads. In America, tormented Civil War veteran Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is coerced by a mercenary officer (Tony Goldwyn) to train the Japanese Emperor's troops in the use of modern weaponry. Opposing this "progress" is a rebellion of samurai warriors, holding fast to their traditions of honor despite strategic disadvantage. As a captive of the samurai leader (Ken Watanabe), Algren learns, appreciates, and adopts the samurai code, switching sides for a climactic battle that will put everyone's honor to the ultimate test. All of which makes director Edward Zwick's noble epic eminently worthwhile, even if its Hollywood trappings (including an all-too-conventional ending) prevent it from being the masterpiece that Zwick and screenwriter John Logan clearly wanted it to be. Instead, The Last Samurai is an elegant mainstream adventure, impressive in all aspects of its production. It may not engage the emotions as effectively as Logan's script for Gladiator, but like Cruise's character, it finds its own quality of honor. --Jeff Shannon

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Epic Action Drama. Set in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. As the Emperor attempts to eradicate the ancient Imperial Samurai warriors in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly government policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly impressed and influenced by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his own sense of honor to guide him.

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moved and remind me somethig inportant thing December 11, 2003
By A Customer
I am Japanease and live in Japan.
At first time,Tom Cruise decided to make Samurai movie,most of Japanese must be suspicious about it.
Because all hollywood movie about Japan and Japanese were really strange for us.
I always disappointed and felt didn't want to watch to the end.
But this movie was really great.
I can't belive this movie was made by another country except Japan.
It must be very difficult job and They did it.
Most of Japanese don't understand "samurai"spirit in these days.
And this movie was so fresh and felt like re-educated.
One of Japanese,I would like to say thank you to "The Last Samurai"
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142 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars! December 11, 2003
By Aya
As a Japanese living in the United Staes, I can say totally, that this film is amazing. There're some critics says Tom Cruise's acting and so on, however, this film sucessfully depicts the history of Japan, and people's traditional lives and the end of samurai era.
This is a spectacular movie with sweeping sword actions and it is based on the true history events in japan, I've seen a lot of samurai movies(made in japan for japanese) but i can say this one is GREAT as the other movies, plus this is not usual hollywood movies that awfully depicts samurais and even Yakuzas and brush off the truth.
I can say, however, without Tom Cruise, this movie could have also been great as well. But i would guess that it is because of him, this movie gained more attention among people and so typical americans can get the idea of what samurai really is and what they really think.
so overall i gave this movie 5 stars. I plan to go watch it again.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Kurosawa, But Still Engaging Story of the Lost Ideal December 26, 2003
First of all, if you want to see the real samurai in film, see Kurosawa. He is, and will be, the definite master of the genre (or any genre of film) and "The Last Samurai" does not change his undisputed status. Still Tom Cruise's new film has several merits of its own, and to watch the fictional Japan with great Japanese cast is worth a look.
Disillusioned and alcoholic American officer, Tom Cruise's Nathan Algren, is hired to train the Japanese army. The time is in the 1870s, when Japan's new government is struggling to establish its rule over the country, and rebellious "samurai" (techinically there were no samurai at that time, though) are unstable elements in the new-born nation.
After the bloody battle, Nathan is captured alive by the leader of rebel samurai Katsumoto (brilliant Ken Watanabe). Katsumoto keeps the wounded American within his village, knowing that the coming severe winter will shut down any access from outside. Moreover, Katsumoto says, he wants to "see his enemy."
After the sagging middle part, while the film portrays the gradual understanding between Katsumoto and Algren, it gives occasional actions using Japanese swords (including those of ninjas which tells that Hollywood still do not understand). Wait to see when it finally leads to the big action scene, of which very authentic and dynamic power is undeniable, even though it is still tainted by Hollywood ending. All Japanese audiences know (and grieve to see) that the Japanese soldiers would not "kneel" that way on the battlefield.
If anything should be recommeded, that is its production designs and Watanabe's acting. The sets of Japanese village and Japanese town (of Yokohama 130 years ago) are literally perfect.
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239 of 278 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Katsumoto is the King February 8, 2004
It's 1876. Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) has been sent to Japan in order to help the Imperial Japanese Army become more 'modern' and less 'traditional' and ultimately prepare them to fight the legendary Samurai. Events occur that cause Tom Cruise to be a captive of the deadly but extremely polite Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) who is the leader of the Japanese Samurai. At this point, the viewer begins to learn why the Samurai are fighting to preserve their way of life against Western influences and Cruise's character becomes emotionally bound to them and he integrates himself into their society after working hard to earn their trust. 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). Though it isn't a big part in the film, it highlights the emotional aspect of the film and shows that this is not a film about swords.
Positive Points:
In my view, Cruise has been a decent actor with fluctuating performances but in this current effort, he has shown that he is improving and learning how to adapt to different styles of acting. He plays the tormented captain with surprising intelligence and conviction. I was very impressed to see him speaking Japanese - I loved the way this film mixed both English and Japanese toghether because it gave it a strong edge. However, The real star of this film is Ken Watanabe (Tom who?). He played Katsumoto with such a commanding and intense presence that it was hard to concentrate on Cruise or any other actor in the film. Without doubt deserves the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Special mention should go to Koyuki and Ujio (played by Hiroyuki Sanada).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars the costumes are amazing
very entertaining, the costumes are amazing
Published 6 days ago by Mel Books
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
That is my appraisal of someone asking me to rate this movie, it is none of their business.
Published 7 days ago by victor standiford
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great! Thanks!
Works great! Thanks!
Published 9 days ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent T.C. Movie
One of T.C. best I think. Great story. Great action.
Published 11 days ago by J. Cox Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you.
Thank you.
Published 13 days ago by DAVID W MILLS
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Gladiator, this is one of those films that ...
Like Gladiator, this is one of those films that just grabbed me. To that point I believe it was Tom Cruises best performance ever. Some will argue with me and that's ok. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
this is my wife favorite movie.
Published 16 days ago by Martin
4.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best thing I've ever seen Tom Cruise do
A gorgeous movie. Probably the best thing I've ever seen Tom Cruise do. Beautifully shot, and a very interesting bit of history as well
Published 16 days ago by Andrew D. Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Cruise at his best
Very good movie! One of TC best movies.
Published 16 days ago by AC
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my personal favorite movie, more because of taste preference than...
A well done plot. Not my personal favorite movie, more because of taste preference than anything else, but still enjoyable and worth watching.
Published 20 days ago by John Flynn
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