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Story

While Japan undergoes tumultuous transition to a more Westernized society in 1876-77, The Last Samurai gives epic sweep to an intimate story of cultures at a crossroads. In America, tormented Civil War veteran Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is coerced by a mercenary officer (Tony Goldwyn) to train the Japanese Emperor's troops in the use of modern weaponry. Opposing this "progress" is a rebellion of samurai warriors, holding fast to their traditions of honor despite strategic disadvantage. As a captive of the samurai leader (Ken Watanabe), Algren learns, appreciates, and adopts the samurai code, switching sides for a climactic battle that will put everyone's honor to the ultimate test. All of which makes director Edward Zwick's noble epic eminently worthwhile, even if its Hollywood trappings (including an all-too-conventional ending) prevent it from being the masterpiece that Zwick and screenwriter John Logan clearly wanted it to be. Instead, The Last Samurai is an elegant mainstream adventure, impressive in all aspects of its production. It may not engage the emotions as effectively as Logan's script for Gladiator, but like Cruise's character, it finds its own quality of honor. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Theatrical Film With Commentary by director Edward Zwick
  • Deleted Scenes with commentary
  • History vs. Hollywood: The Last Samurai {History Channel Documentary
  • Tom Cruise: A Warrior's Journey
  • Edward Zwick: Director's Video Journal
  • Making an Epic: A Conversation with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise
  • A World of Detail: Production Design with Lilly Kilvert
  • Silk and Armor: Costume Design with Ngila Dickson
  • Imperial Army Basic Training
  • From Soldier to Samurai: The Weapons
  • Japan Premieres {Tokyo & Kyoto red carpet)
  • Theatrical Trailer

Cast

Ken WatanabeKatsumoto
Tom CruiseNathan Algren
William AthertonWinchester Rep
Billy ConnollyZebulon Gant
Tony GoldwynColonel Bagley
Masato HaradaOmura
Timothy SpallSimon Graham
Togo IgawaGeneral Hasegawa
Shin KoyamadaNobutada
Hiroyuki SanadaUjio
KoyukiTaka
Scott WilsonAmbassador Swanbeck

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