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THE LAST SAMURAI

Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Seizo Fukomoto

Directed by: Edward Zwick
Written by: John Logan
Distributor: Warner Brothers

US: 12/05/03
UK: 09/01/04

Set in the late 1870s...
An epic movie of the old school showing the beginnings of Japan's modernization. The story begins as the island nation moves past a feudal society, as symbolized by the eradication of the samurai way of life. We see this from the perspective of an alcoholic Civil War veteran turned Winchester guns spokesman, Captain Woodrow Algren. He arrives in Japan to train the troops of the emperor, Meiji, as part of a break away from the long-held tradition of relying on employed samurai warriors to protect territories. The task of the emperor's new army is to prepare to wipe out the remaining samurai warriors. When Algren is injured in combat and captured by the samurai, he learns about their warrior honor code from their leader, Katsumoto, which forces him to decide which side of the conflict he actually wants to be on.
Cruise can do very little wrong for me. The perfect combination of actor slash star. The guy has just got a built in-integrity factor that beams out on-screen. Combined with a reportedly excellent screenplay that highlights the epic tale perfectly, this is an event movie to look forward to.

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13 May/Hollywood Reporter: Tom Cruise Says Goodbye to New Zealand
10 Oct/Screenwriters Utopia: The Last Samurai Script Review

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