It's a great piece of entertainment, gorgeously photographed and really well directed. I also find that, despite the basic Hollywood concept of identification to your "enemies", there is a really interesting historical background, where we can witness the transition between two types of societies, two types of armies, and ultimately, two types of war. Really compelling and really cool epic.
Super f**king white man, captured by some savages, becomes the greatest warrior of the land in a month. So good he's the only one to survive.
Hurry up super white man, we've got a few impossible missions for you, time is money, time is money !
Stupid f**king white man.
This is a gross misrepresentation of history. Being Japanese, I was utterly embarrased to be watching this ridiculous, laughable film. I was the only person in the theatre who was guffawing and snorting througout. My least favorite actor in the whole world (Cruise) being in it only made it worse. I would give it zero stars if I could.
Another reverse-captivity narrative written off (perhaps not unfairly) for its gross historical inaccuracies and the use of a white American protagonist (Jules Brunet, who inspired Algren, was French). "The Last Samurai" is nevertheless a beautifully shot, rousing epic, one I find all the more interesting for its marriage of cultures, wobbly though it may be. Inarguably some of Watanabe's most affecting work, too.
Alternate title: *Dances with Samurais* All the criticisms against *Dances with Wolves* could be applied to this film (except we're talking a different culture here). It could also be called *Shogun Redux*. These are good things.
Even if it's one of Tom Cruise's best film, but couldn't be considered as a good Japan film at all. Murica always minding other countries business. Tom Cruise is like the white guy in Pocahontas or Avatar, ends up making this film is just about white guys fighting each other with Japanese people and cultures as decorations of the set.
With this film Ed Zwick creates his best film since Glory. This is a sweeping epic filled with grand battles and beautiful cinematography. My favorite moments weren't the giant set pieces, but the small intimate moments that Zwick creates. The real standout is Ken Watanabe, he delivers one of his best performances. However, a lot of the cultural and historical inaccuracies hinder this from being a truly great film.
This was a really interesting film. The storyline was ok, but what made the movie for me was the great soundtrack (excelent work by Hans Zimmer... as usually) along the epic feeling given by the scenery.