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Edward Zwick United States, 2003

Nolan Barth's rating of the film The Last Samurai

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.