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Edward Zwick United States, 2003

Zachary T.'s rating of the film The Last Samurai

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.