Mar 26

Film review – The Last Samurai (2003)

Film review – The Last Samurai (2003)

The Last Samurai

Rating: 8/10

Starring: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Tony Goldwyn, Masato Harada, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Hiroyuki Sanada, Timothy Spall, Seizo Fukumoto, Koyuki, Shin Koyamada, Billy Connolly, Shun Sugata, Satoshi Nikaido

Directed by: Edward Zwick

Review: Film review – The Last Samurai (2003) – The Last Samurai follows the story of Japan in the process of modernising in the late 19th century. Tom Cruise stars as an American Captain paid to go to Japan and train an army for the Emperors Government so that they can suppress the Samurai who are resisting the change. Forced to lead the army into battle too soon he is captured by the Samurai. Slowly he comes to learn their ways and eventually becomes one of them.

There are a lot of positives in this movie as it makes a genuine effort to show the life of a Samurai. The setting is an interesting one as this time and place in history has not been explored very much by Hollywood. Cruise treats the subject earnestly and clearly this is something of a personal journey for him. There is some excellent support from the rest of the cast.

On the negative side its probably a little too long though I suspect if you like the movie you’ll forgive it that. It also seems to take itself a little too seriously on occasions but again forgiveable I think.

Overall very entertaining and it leaves you wanting to know more about this time and place. A gallant effort I think would best describe it.

PS: The ninja fight scene is excellent and my compliments to those involved in making it.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Samurai

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0325710/

Amazon: Buy it