The Last Samurai (2003) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Tony Goldwyn

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'The Last Samurai' is a movie featuring Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a young, cocky American war hero, who is captured by Japanese samurai warriors. Initially, Algren founght for the national American army and was very skilled with firearms. Originally Algren was hired by the Japanese government to help overthrow the samurai. In the film, Algren comes across a unique kind of bravery, the bravery of the samurai. The movie is set in the late 1800's and shows how the Japanese Fuedal System changed when Emperor Meiji took over.
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When Algren is captured by the samurai he is filled with resentment, but over time the captians views change. As more tension arises between the Japanese government and the samurai, Nathan Algren must choose which side to fight for.
The review of this Movie prepared by Kathryn Sobey

After the civil war, a Captain is having a hard time dealing with the terrible things he did in the war.
He takes a job going to Japan to train an army to fight an army of samurais.
During the first battle the captain is captured and taken back to the samurai camp in the mountains.
The captain grows to like the samurais way of life. He trains with them and helps them fight off a small attack on their village.
When the snow melts, the captain is free to leave.
The samurai leader is captured by the emperor's guards.
The captain helps rescue the samurai and returns to their village with him. He helps them prepare for the attack by the army.
The 500 samurai warriors are able to hold off the first wave of the 2000 soldiers. The samurais kill most of the soldiers before being cut down by superior weapons.
The samurai leader is wounded and stabs himself.
The captain is badly wounded but he survives. He is allowed his freedom by the emperor and he returns to the samurai village.
The review of this Movie prepared by Brandon Swenson

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 40%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   16th-19th century War Thriller    -   Yes Combat acrobatics/martial arts?    -   Yes POW movie?    -   Yes Kind of movie    -   superfast sword fighting

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   senior military Age:    -   20's-30's Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Japan Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids Misc setting    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead    -   very gory visuals of deaths and torture Kind of violence:    -   land battles    -   swords Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Any profanity?    -   None

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