The Last Samurai

“I’d like to think he found a small measure of peace, the kind that so many search for and so few ever find.”


The Last Samurai (December 5, 2003)

Release Date: December 5, 2003
Starring: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, William Atherton, Chad Lindberg
Genres: Drama, Action, War, History
Runtime: 154 min
Original Title: The Last Samurai
Original Film Language: English
Production Companies: Cruise/Wagner Productions, Warner Bros. Pictures, Radar Pictures, Bedford Falls Productions
Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Cast The Last Samurai

  • Tom Cruise
  • Role: Captain Nathan Algren
  • Ken Watanabe
  • Role: Katsumoto
  • William Atherton
  • Role: Winchester Rep
  • Chad Lindberg
  • Role: Winchester Rep Assistant
  • Billy Connolly
  • Role: Zebulon Gant
  • Tony Goldwyn
  • Role: Colonel Bagley
  • Shichinosuke Nakamura
  • Role: Emperor Meiji
  • Koyuki
  • Role: Taka
  • Timothy Spall
  • Role: Simon Graham
  • Togo Igawa
  • Role: General Hasegawa
  • Scott Wilson
  • Role: Ambassador Swanbeck
  • Shun Sugata
  • Role: Nakao
  • Shin Koyamada
  • Role: Nobutada
  • Hiroyuki Sanada
  • Role: Ujio
  • Masato Harada
  • Role: Omura
  • Masashi Odate
  • Role: Omura's Companion
  • John Koyama
  • Role: Omura's Bodyguard
  • Satoshi Nikaido
  • Role: N.C.O.
  • Shintaro Wada
  • Role: Young Recruit
  • Sosuke Ikematsu
  • Role: Higen
  • Aoi Minato
  • Role: Magojiro
  • Shoji Yoshihara
  • Role: Sword Master
  • Seizô Fukumoto
  • Role: Silent Samurai
  • Ray Godshall Sr.
  • Role: Convention Hall Attendee
  • Kosaburo Nomura IV
  • Role: Kyogen Player #1
  • Takashi Noguchi
  • Role: Kyogen Player #2
  • Noguchi Takayuki
  • Role: Kyogen Player #3
  • Sven Toorvald
  • Role: Omura's Secretary
  • Yuki Matsuzaki
  • Role: Soldier in Street #1
  • Mitsuyuki Oishi
  • Role: Soldier in Street #2
  • Jiro Wada
  • Role: Soldier in Street #3
  • Hiroshi Watanabe
  • Role: Guard
  • Yusuke Myochin
  • Role: Sword Master's Assistant
  • Hiroaki Amano
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Kenta Daibo
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Koji Fujii
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Makoto Hashiba
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Shimpei Horinouchi
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Takashi Kora
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Shane Kosugi
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Takeshi Maya
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Seiji Morita
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Lee Murayama
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Takeru Shimizu
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Shinji Suzuki
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Hisao Takeda
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble
  • Ryoichiro Yonekura
  • Role: Samurai Ensemble

Trailer The Last Samurai

I just saw “The Last Samurai”. It is a fantastic film. I love the concept — a very jaded and disillusioned Civil War “hero” is hired by the Japanese emperor to assist in modernizing Japan’s army. Fresh from the dirty business of slaughtering and/or relocating American Indians, the man is again faced with the unsavory task of confronting Japan’s own brand of indigenous warring people: the Samurai.

Captured by one Samurai band in combat, the man slowly learns what peace can mean. And what powerful visions of grace he finds at the hands of his captors? Truly the scandalous kind, and he repays it with the forfeiture of his own heritage. What better honor than to fight alongside your former enemy in common brotherhood, and to dine with your former adversary in true community?

Oh, that I could find what Nathan Algren does. A small measure of peace after a life of searching.

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