The Last Samurai
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Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Ken Watanabe
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It's good for the both of you.
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||The fights scenes
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||The fight scenes.
||Scott Kroopf, Tom
Engelman, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Tom Cruise and
He might still get the Academy Award for Best Actor
for his role as Nathan in "The Last Samurai," but for a change Tom
Cruise gets his film of epic proportions in a season where there are
really too many top performances by dudes. Iím not saying he doesnít
deserve it, but really the better actor in this movie was Ken
Watanabe as Katsumoto. Letís fill you in on some of the details.
The Last Samurai
A Movie Review
Nathan is a war hero in America, but heís also a drunk. Heís
disgruntled with those around him, mostly because their arrogance put
him in a battle that shouldnít have been fought, mostly because it was
a massacre of women and children Indians. Back in Japan, Katsumoto has
been steadily defeating the governmentís fighters with his band of
Samurai warriors. Well, the advisors to the emperor suggest bringing in
the Americans with their modern weapons as a means to finally defeat
Katsumoto. The American advisors know the best man for the job is
Nathan, so money drives Nathan across the Pacific to train the
emperorís soldiers. This is a task that will take some time, but the
advisors and Nathanís superiors are growing impatient and make Nathan
take the troops into battle before they are ready. Well, Nathanís
troops pretty much stand no chance, and he gets captured by Kotsumoto
who realizes killing Nathan wouldnít be nearly as wise as studying his
Well, eventually Nathan gets sucked into the Samurai culture, a lot
of it having to do with his falling for a dudette and liking her
kids. Eventually its showdown time and Nathan has to pick sides Ė
hang with the emperor or with Katsumoto. Itís pretty easy to figure
out whose side he ends up on.
"The Last Samurai" is really a good movie, with spectacular
scenery, kick-ass fight scenes, and Tom Cruise doing a good job as the
American soldier disgruntled with his commanding officers. Itís just
that Cruise looks too polished for a movie set in the 1800ís, and that
might hurt his chances at a statue. Watanabe as Katsumoto, on the
other hand, comes across as the perfect Samurai leader. He is strong
yet gentle, intelligent yet patient, and looks the part a little bit
better. Itís rated R for a reason, the battle scenes are brutal and
really show the effects of hand to hand combat and the ability to
massacre that modern weapons brought to the lands. Itís an epic film
that might just get left behind due to the quality of films that hit
this year. I give it 4 Ĺ stars out of 5.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!