172 of 180 people found the following review helpful
Very moved and remind me somethig inportant thing,
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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Initial post: Jun 18, 2013 8:05:37 PM PDT
I just loved your review and I agree its a very moving film which is why I want to add the DVD to my collection along with "When the Last Sword is Drawn".
Posted on May 2, 2014 10:18:38 AM PDT
Stephen P. Suelzle says:
Thank you for your review. I am always very moved by this movie as well. I am very pleased to find that a Japanese person would speak so highly of it.
In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2014 5:08:04 PM PDT
william orleans says:
Ken Watanabe is a terrific actor i absolutely admire him...
Posted on Mar 26, 2015 1:25:54 AM PDT
Posted on Jul 15, 2015 1:15:30 PM PDT
I can't wait to see TLS on Blu-Ray. It's one of my favorite films of all time. So glad you enjoyed it, our Japanese friend.
Posted on Jan 13, 2016 10:11:47 PM PST
Thomas Haughton says:
Saw the movie for the first time this evening. Deeply moving.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2016 10:14:25 PM PST
Did you see it on DVD or Blu-Ray?
Posted on Mar 2, 2016 11:59:49 PM PST
The Loyal 47 Ronin Japanese film set the bar for explaining Bushido the Samurai code, a Chushingura version which set visual and vocal expectations fulfilled in Shogun 5 disc mini-series Richard Chamberlain, Toshirô Mifune, Yôko Shimada, Furankî Sakai, John Rhys-Davies, Alan Badel, Damien Thomas.
The Last Samurai is an American production with nuanced differences in emphasis, in cinematography, costume design, set design, location filming in New Zealand in a recreated 1876 Japanese village.
Each age uses parables to instruct the younger generation. The Last Samurai is visual, and though kimono and fighting gear appear similar to Loyal 47 Ronin or Shogun, the construction of Last Samurai is more poetic, balletic, less formal Noh like and operatic than the Japanese Loyal 47 Ronin or Shogun the 1980 American production filmed in Japan. It is almost as if the three films exist on a continuum with The Last Samurai most recent and conforming most closely to contemporary interpretations of ideal Japanese ethics and morality in the past.
Departures DVD for All Region, NTSC with Englisg Subtitle Oscar Best Foreign film English subtitles is set in the present yet embodies self discipline, ritual, respectful dignity, contemplation and gracious forgiveness even in the absence of apology. The tranquility of personal discipline, meditation, solitude, repetition to self calm and self regulate Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents), The Empty Mirror: Experiences in a Japanese Zen Monastery Janwillem VanDeWetering diary of 18 months learning to meditate then escaping before self awareness revealed something he knew but didn't want to acknowledge comedy, Dhamma Brothers documentary 10 day meditation training and years later follow up, Healing & the Mind (Programs 1-5) Bill Moyers 5 episodes Tai Chi meditation David Eisenberg MD, Chronic Pain meditation Jon Kabat Zinn, metastatic breast cancer David Spiegel MD, Commonweal hospice Rachel Remen MD author of Kitchen Table Wisdom 10th Anniversary (Deckle edge).
Some of these references may be of interest.
Thank you so much for your review.
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