The Last Samurai 2003, movie review

The Last Samurai movie posterAt the insistence of a „friendly ghost” I took a break from the new movies and I decided to watch an older movie, „The Last Samurai”, starring Tom Cruise in the lead role and the only regret is that I’ve waited so long to watch it. The recommendation was made to me several months ago, but I kept putting it off because it takes a bit too much to watch and it’s pretty old so I have some hard times to see such movies. The Last Samurai is the kind of movie that you can hardly describe in words, it’s a movie which you live it, which you feel it.

 

Even if it take place in times of war, not the battle itself it’s impressive, but rather the inter human relationships and the need to adapt to a new culture that you don’t understand, but you get to love it so much in that you will be able to give your life for it. Courage to walk into a battle and even if you know you have no chance of defeating your enemy, you still fight for an ideal, fight ’till the last drop of energy. You can lose the fight and even your own life, but to ultimately win the war. People are not automatically savages if they are traditionalists and those who enjoy advanced technology are not automatically civilized.

 

Synopsis The Last Samurai:
Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), who fought in the war against the „Redskins” (Native Americans) and is filled with remorse for the horrors he saw and did in that war, is drowning his sorrows in drink now and give some pathetic performances. Colonel Bagley (Tony Goldwyn), whom Algren hates it, proposes through his friend, Gant (Billy Connolly), to go to Japan and train the Emperor’s army led by Omura. During this period (1800 and some) in Japan is wearing a war between those who want to occidentalize the country, to adapt more to the west, and the samurai who believe that their traditions are trampled.

 

În the first battle that involves battalion led by Algren, he is captured by the samurai and taken to their village in the mountains where he remained for several months. Meanwhile, Algren befriends with the samurais leader, Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) and begins to understand their way of life, the principles and the importance they give to their honor, realizing who are the truly „savages”. After he spent a whole winter out in the mountains, with samurais, Algren is attached to the whole community and gets himself into a samurai, fighting alongside them against the army of Colonel Bagley.

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2 Raspunsuri to “The Last Samurai 2003, movie review”

  1. Gulledge says:

    Ha ha… I was just online around and took a glance at these remarks. I can’t believe that there’s still this much attention. Thanks for writing about this.

  2. Olvera says:

    I cant believe something like this exists on the internet! Its so true, so honest, and more than that you dont sound like an idiot! Finally, someone who knows how to talk about a subject without sounding like a kid who didnt get that bike he wanted for Christmas.

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