The Last Samurai

Jays Rating:

The dramatic adventure film, The Last Samurai is the newest Hollywood epic depicting brutal battle scenes, bloody sword fights and a strong emphasis on honor and respect. In 1876, the Japanese Emperor hires a Civil War veteran from America named Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) to teach his army how to use guns and artillery. The Japanese army is fighting against the Samurai; a culture that believes Japan is becoming too westernized with the coming of the railroad. During the first battle, Nathan is captured by the Samurai and taken back to their village where he becomes friends with the Samurai leader, Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe). After spending the winter with them, he learns about honor and how to fight with a sword. He is later escorted back to the Japanese army, but he possesses the skills of a Samurai. Okay, here is my problem: How is he able to become a Samurai in 4 months? Maybe I could become a Ninja in 6 months? Now that he understands the Samurai, he refuses to fight them in the next battle. This film has something for everyone; action, drama, adventure and it’s even touching at times. This has superb acting across the board, every area of production is excellent and I even heard that the costumes and cinematography are fabulous. I just can’t get over 4 months to become a Samurai. I have to find my sword and start practicing. This is a complete movie that is fantastic at all levels and I’m giving it an A rating.

This movie has been given an R rating by the MPAA

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