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The Last SamuraiCapt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. But Nathan embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.
Actors of "The Last Samurai"
Characters of "The Last Samurai"
Directors of "The Last Samurai"Edward ZwickBirthdate: 8 October 1952, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Creators of "The Last Samurai"John LoganBirthdate: 24 September 1961, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Critic Reviews of "The Last Samurai"TIME MagazineAugust 25, 2008
It's easy to stand back and wax ironic about The Last Samurai. But it's not all that difficult to succumb to its full-spirited romanticism either.Time OutJune 24, 2006
Competently mounted in its studiedly immersive, elongated way, Zwick's earnest costume epic dresses a knee-jerk, reactionary sensibility in exotic garb.New York Magazine/VultureAugust 07, 2004
The Last Samurai is an idyll in which the savageries of existence are transcended by spiritual devotion. That's a beautiful dream, and it gives the film a deep pleasingness, but the fullness of life and its blackest ambiguities are sacrificed.VarietyDecember 23, 2003
Disappointingly content to recycle familiar attitudes about the nobility of ancient cultures, Western despoilment of them, liberal historical guilt, the unrestrainable greed of capitalists and the irreducible primacy of Hollywood movie stars.NewsweekDecember 16, 2003
There are pleasures to be had in the handsome, heroic The Last Samurai. But they're all on the surface.Rolling StoneDecember 12, 2003
The script lays on hokey narration and bombastic dialogue.Old School ReviewsMay 14, 2012
does honor traditional Japanese culture and ideals and make them accessible to a wider audienceCommon Sense MediaDecember 28, 2010
Outstanding action and performance; lots of blood.Cinema CrazedApril 29, 2009
One of the best films of 2003.ColeSmithey.comApril 18, 2009
More than anything else, "The Last Samurai" is the current Tom Cruise vehicle, and the actor's capacity to wrestle the story to his own demands is an impressive testament to his multifaceted perfectionist skills.eFilmCritic.comSeptember 24, 2007
The real point of the film seems to be the poster image of a battle-ready Tom Cruise waving a sword and all decked out in gleaming red-and-black samurai armor.
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