In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when ...Written by
This film was inspired by a project developed by Writer and Director Vincent Ward. Ward became Executive Producer on the film, working in development on it for nearly four years. After approaching several directors (among them Francis Ford Coppola, and Peter Weir), he interested Edward Zwick. The film went ahead with Zwick as director and was shot in Ward's native New Zealand. See more »
In the beginning, when Algren is doing the performance for the Winchester company, he fires a bullet at a bell. Before shooting the bell, he blows three whistles off of a calliope in the back of the room. When the camera does a close-up after he shoots the bell, only two of the whistles are missing. See more »
They say Japan was made by a sword. They say the old gods dipped a coral blade into the ocean, and when they pulled it out four perfect drops fell back into the sea, and those drops became the islands of Japan. I say, Japan was made by a handful of brave men. Warriors, willing to give their lives for what seems to have become a forgotten word: honor.
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The opening Warner Bros. logo is light blue on a solid black background. See more »
This movie is one of the best films I have seen. It is very different from any other samurai movies or any film that has to do with the Americans or Japanese in the eighteen hundred. This film combined American history and Japanese history that practically no public school teaches as far as i know.
In The Last Samurai we see a lot of betrayal Japanese vs Japanese and Americans vs American.Many battles are fought during this film not just against Beliefs but their inerselfs.Characters in the movie have to brake the law to do what is right for their country or to just become a symbol, a symbol of hope for other Japanese to not forget their culture.
For them to recognize who they really are and were they come from and for other country's to accept them without judging about appearance and culture but whats success they can bring with others countries.
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