The Last Samurai [DVD Boxset] [2-Disc Widescreen Edition]

MPN: 85392838325
Product Details
Description
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.
Quick Glance
Media Format DVD
Genre Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
MPAA Rating R (Restricted)
Director Edward Zwick
Studio Warner Home Video
Actors Tom Cruise/ Timothy Spall/ Ken Watanabe/ Billy Connolly/ Tony Goldwyn
Expert Reviews
The Last Samurai
3.5 Star Review  Rotten Tomatoes - Dec 31, 1969

With high production values and thrilling battle scenes, The Last Samurai is a satisfying epic.

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Last Samurai, The (2003)
3.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Last Samurai, The (2003) receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.92 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #1,621 movie of all time, #66 movie from 2003 . The rating and ranking is based on an average of 291 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the movie ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other movies ranked, click on the link below.

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3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 18, 2011

In Japan, Civil War veteran Captain Nathan Algren trains the Emperors troops to use modern weapons as they prepare to defeat the last of the countrys samurais. But Algrens passion is swayed when he is captured by the samurai and learns about their traditions and code of honor. ... PROS: (1) successfully depicts a piece of Japans history (2) nice portrayal of traditional lifestyles and values (3) violence always serves the plot, never gratuitous (4) Tom Cruise portrays an interesting and complex character (5) excellent sets and costumes, all very accurate to the period ... CONS: (1) the final battle is anti-climactic, makes no sense (2) too much focus on Cruises character, when the supporting characters are more interesting

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Product Details
Description
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.
Quick Glance
Media Format DVD
Genre Action & Adventure, Drama, Military & War
MPAA Rating R (Restricted)
Director Edward Zwick
Studio Warner Home Video
Actors Tom Cruise/ Timothy Spall/ Ken Watanabe/ Billy Connolly/ Tony Goldwyn
Summary
Product Title The Last Samurai [DVD Boxset] [2-Disc Widescreen Edition]
Manufacturer Video Systems
Power Score 3.8 | 3 Reviews
Additional Specifications
Parent Retsku: B0001JXOVC
Expert Reviews
The Last Samurai
3.5 Star Review  Rotten Tomatoes - Dec 31, 1969

With high production values and thrilling battle scenes, The Last Samurai is a satisfying epic.

Read the full review »

Last Samurai, The (2003)
3.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Last Samurai, The (2003) receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 2.92 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #1,621 movie of all time, #66 movie from 2003 . The rating and ranking is based on an average of 291 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the movie ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other movies ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

3.5 Star Review  productwiki.com - May 18, 2011

In Japan, Civil War veteran Captain Nathan Algren trains the Emperors troops to use modern weapons as they prepare to defeat the last of the countrys samurais. But Algrens passion is swayed when he is captured by the samurai and learns about their traditions and code of honor. ... PROS: (1) successfully depicts a piece of Japans history (2) nice portrayal of traditional lifestyles and values (3) violence always serves the plot, never gratuitous (4) Tom Cruise portrays an interesting and complex character (5) excellent sets and costumes, all very accurate to the period ... CONS: (1) the final battle is anti-climactic, makes no sense (2) too much focus on Cruises character, when the supporting characters are more interesting

Read the full review »

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