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The Last Samurai (1990)

Following the trail of a samurai ancestor, two Japanese businessmen on a quest for spiritual fulfillment arrive in Africa with a group of tourists, only to get kidnapped by the local guerrilla leader. A tough mercenary must rescue them.

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Paul Mayersberg

Writer:

Paul Mayersberg (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Fujioka ... Yasujiro Endo
Lance Henriksen ... Johnny Congo
Arabella Holzbog ... Caro
James Ryan ... Miyagawa
Philip Notununu Philip Notununu
Henry Cele ... General Zohani
Duncan Regehr
John Saxon ... Haroun Al-Hakim
Lisa Eilbacher ... Susan
Jack Heller ... Shah
Victor Melleney Victor Melleney ... MacFarlane
Foziah Davidson Foziah Davidson ... Susan's maid
Nomsisi Kwazi Nomsisi Kwazi ... Zohani's daughter
Nomsa Xaba Nomsa Xaba ... Fortune teller
Fats Bookholane Fats Bookholane ... Witchdoctor
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Following the trail of a samurai ancestor, two Japanese businessmen on a quest for spiritual fulfillment arrive in Africa with a group of tourists, only to get kidnapped by the local guerrilla leader. A tough mercenary must rescue them.

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Rated R for violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

28 February 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Samuari See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa

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Color
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Director Paul Mayersberg's name is misspelled as P. Manneberg on the shopping website Amazon, which caused some confusion as it was then believed with misconception that there were two directors who worked on the film, when in fact there wasn't. See more »

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The Last Samurai: Hacked to Death
11 December 2011 | by Jon-JokerjonSee all my reviews

Without doubt this has got to be the worst movie I have ever had the misfortune to see. Though I can empathise with the other reviewer regarding the multi-layered depth of the storyline this is all lost to the viewer by its farcical delivery.

The actors did not stand a chance! Though I have not read the original script I am guessing that the movie stems from a subtle and well composed source. The multi-faceted snippets of a deep and diverse storyline that occasionally leak out from this disjointed movie are clues to this.

Despite the potential strength of the plot or the proved skills of the actors the delivery of the entire production of this film has slashed or destroyed all that was good about it.

I have to say, however, that this is one DVD that I will forever cherish. It is the perfect material to study to see what NOT to do!

I would recommend that all students studying Media and Film qualifications throughout the world study this film as part of their course.

For fun I started to compile a list of things that were wrong with it and in so doing realised that nearly every single facet of this film is flawed.

Good luck with your list...


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