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Creating a sprawling Sci-Fi epic is a tall order even if you have a major studio standing behind you throwing cash at your project, and when you’re going it alone it’s a massive undertaking, but every now and then you get a success story like Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope. It almost makes sense then that in attempting to make his own in Hirokin: The Last Samurai, writer and director Alejo Mo-Sun channeled George Lucas’s brainchild. Unfortunately, Mo-Sun also throws in a bit of old English and acting that’s so far over the top that it makes you wonder why he bothered to cast recognizable and respectable actors at all. In the end Wes Bentley, Angus Macfadyen, Laura Ramsey, and even the ever-scenery-chewing Julian Sands feel wasted in an overlong story that achieves the quality of Saturday afternoon Sci-Fi serial at its best moments. »

- Lex Walker

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