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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.

Director:

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 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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Danger From Within Vs. Danger From Without


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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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Stereo | Mono

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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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only saved by Henry Cele
8 May 2005 | by flaglady15See all my reviews

A group of tourists on safari in Africa are kidnapped by a self-styled guerrilla general (Henry Cele). Among the group are two Japanese businessmen on a quest for a lost Samurai ancestor and girl whose lover is a white hunter-cum-mercenary soldier. But the kidnap is a scam to enable an Arab in the group to meet with the general and arrange an arms deal. But lo! the lover is coming to save them all in true Crocodile Dundee-style! A strange mix of themes here - Japanese fighting, Stallone style ambushes in the forest, a compound full of prisoners with an elegant house nearby and John Saxon's weird shot at a middle Eastern accent. But strangest of all is Mr Cele's wardrobe - from Shaka style leopard skin outfits - one in a boudoir complete with beaded wig! - to dungarees and a straw hat as he tends his roses. But he looks best in his general's uniform and his striding walk could not be equalled for dignity and presence. Which is just as well as there's little else in this film to spark one's interest and is desperately heavy with 'meaningful' mood musac. Mr Cele alone tackles his role with a credible commitment, giving a saving grace to an otherwise classically B minus movie. It's only worth watching his performance so fast forward the rest!


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