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The Last Samurai (2003)

The Last Samurai

Overview


Genre

Action

Release Date

December 05, 2003

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

154 min.

Production Budget

$140 millions

Studio

Warner Bros.

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Edward Zwick

Producer

Tom Cruise, Tom Engelman, Marshall Herskovitz, Scott Kroopf, Paula Wagner, Edward Zwick

Screenwriter

Edward Zwick, John Logan, Marshall Herskovitz

Starring

Story


After examining the ravages of 19th century America in his Academy Award-winning Civil War drama "Glory", director Edward Zwick explores the birth of modern Japan in "The Last Samurai," a sweeping epic set in Japan during the 1870s. Tom Cruise stars as Capt. Nathan Algren, a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. As the Emperor attempts to eradicate the ancient Imperial Samurai warriors in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly government policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly impressed and influenced by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his own sense of honor to guide him.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..the story and Tom Cruise's performance lack punch..”
by Kit Bowen [Hollywood]
“..The Last Samurai might have been designed to give Cruise a chance to shine, but to the detriment of the overall film..”
by Aaron Lazenby [Filmcritic]
“..one thing that really doesn't work here is a biggie -- the film's star, Tom Cruise..”
by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]