Last Samurai

Directed By: Edward Zwick Starring: Tom Cruise

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Product Overview

An american military advisor embraces the samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.


Studio Warner
SKU 40239199
UPC 085392838226
UPC 14 00085392838226
Format DVD
Release Date 11/10/2009
Rating Rating
Ancient Civilizations
Civil War
Period Piece
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Edward Zwick directs this sumptuously designed, action-packed period epic that stars Tom Cruise as Captain Nathan Algren. Algren, a former Civil War hero, is adrift in 1870s San Francisco after the war, a lost soul struggling to stay afloat in a booze-soaked stupor. When he is recruited by the Japanese government to train the Emperor's army, he departs for the unknown shores of Japan and begins training the soldiers in American military tactics. But these skills are useless against a band of samurai rebels led by the proud warrior Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), and Algren is easily defeated. He is taken to a remote samurai village where he learns samurai warrior codes and ways of life, developing a deep bond with Katsumoto and sharing philosophical conversations with him. Caught between the feudal culture of the ancient samurai warriors and the encroachment of modern society, Algren is forced to choose between his own culture or Katsumoto's. THE LAST SAMURAI is lavish in its dramatic period costumes and intense performances, and will thrill fans of both historical drama and action films.
Entertainment Weekly "...[A] rousing, smoothly assembled historical fantasia....A handsome epic..." 12/05/2003 p.63
Rolling Stone "...Cruise plays the role with fierce energy and swings a Bushido blade like a pro..." 12/25/2003 p.118
Sight and Sound "[With] some of the most impressively realised battles this side of Middle Earth." 02/01/2004 p.50
New York Times "Mr. Zwick has absorbed the lethal agility of Akira Kurosawa; what registers just as powerfully as the sureness of the combatants is the ugly futility of the battles themselves." 12/05/2003 p.E1
Los Angeles Times "THE LAST SAMURAI affords the sort of fizzy enjoyment that can come with epic movie endeavors, including a meticulously detailed world unlike our own, an excellent supporting cast and some pulse-pounding fights." 12/05/2003 p.C1
Chicago Sun-Times "Beautifully designed, intelligently written, acted with conviction, it's an uncommonly thoughtful epic." 12/05/2003 p.39
Widescreen Review "THE LAST SAMURAI is another stirring Civil War-era epic directed by Edward Zwick." 06/01/2006 p.61
Edward Zwick
Tom Cruise
Cast & Crew
Billy Connolly - Actor
Chad Lindberg - Actor
Edward Zwick - Director
Edward Zwick - Screenplay
Hans Zimmer - Musical Score
John Logan - Screenplay
John Logan - Writer
John Toll - Cinematographer
Ken Watanabe - Actor
Lilly Kilvert - Production Designer
Marshall Herskovitz - Screenplay
Masato Harada - Actor
Ted Field et. al. - Executive Producer
Tom Cruise - Producer
Tom Cruise - Actor
Tony Goldwyn - Actor
Victor Du Bois - Editor
William Atherton - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 28382
UPC 00085392838226
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 154 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Japanese
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Japanese
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (2004) Ken Watanabe, Nominee, Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (2004) Tom Cruise, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild (2004) Ken Watanabe, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
ReviewSource The Guardian
Review It's a workmanlike tale told with almost enough gusto to distract you from the batsqueak of sillines
Reviewer Peter Bradshaw
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Cruise plays the role with fierce energy and swings a Bushido blade like a pro. When the script, by
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The Last Samurai breaks with the convention that the Western hero is always superior to the l
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Dolby Digital (5.1), Commentary, English, Subtitled, No Longer Produced
Ebert & Roeper Two Thumbs Up
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America Ken Watanabe - what a powerful presence! What a beautiful film.
Paul Clinton, CNN Tom Cruise is truly magnificent.
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