A veteran of the Civil War as well as General Custer's Indian campaigns, he drifts from one situation to another ostensibly looking for work but really seeking refuge from his inner demons of slaughtering innocent women and children. Nine out of ten stars. During the first attack on the Samurai, Allgren is captured by the Samurai and begins a spiritual, physical and philosophical journey which will bring him a level of self-respect his own culture could never supply. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. The Meiji Restoration usually refers to when the Meiji Emperor was restored to power. Unsurprisingly, common sense prevailed when the Japanese saw the massive warships in their bays.
I find no grand moral statement here, but rather an intense, sympathetic, human drama with a strong sense of honor and sacrifice. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. After my third viewing, I can finally admit that this film has me. Nel 1876, un capitano americano, Nathan Algren, viene incaricato per conto dell'Impero Giapponese di addestrare l'esercito dell'imperatore Meiji allo scopo di eliminare i samurai ribelli presenti nel territorio. It is often simplified by explaining it was the modernization of Japan, specifically the evolution of its military and the decline of its warrior class of samurai. While one of the rebellions eschewed modern weapons, the rest of the uprisings, including the final Satsuma one, used modern weapons.
Men previously regarded as a too-low class to serve are prepared to fight against rebellious samurai. Also interested in the American is Katsumoto's son Nobutada Shin Koyamada , intrigued by Western culture. Other smaller roles are captured by strong performances as well, including Goldwyn who brings class to the standard villain role as Bagley, Koyuki who plays Taka with quiet sadness and torn loyalties between her fallen husband and his killer who she is growing to love, and Koyamada who makes Nobutada young and headstrong but still sympathetic and honorable. To remain in the past in foolish, but to forget it entirely is disgraceful. The new government went to work abolishing the samurai class.
The final charge of the samurai was symbolically quite like how it was presented in the film. The Last Samurai blends over a decade of real history into a shorter narrative, while changing a French hero into an American one. His Independence Day angst combined with his moral nobility in A Few Good Men and The Firm. Cameras, electricity, and countless other inventions had permeated the rest of the world, while Japan was still in a feudal system. Some of the samurais were honorable, but others fought the system because they bitterly resented their greatly diminished role in the new Japan.
Edward Zwick was a masterful director. He acts as a surrogate father to Taka's children, learns to sword fight with a kitana blade and begins to respect the culture that he originally sought to destroy. The Last Samurai is a pretty solid, although underrated film. Usually the American walks into the foreign scene and the pic automatically shifts to all-English. Traditional Japan is treated with empathy here, not aggrandizing exaggeration, as some of the film's critics seem to suggest.
Questa decisione si rivela troppo affrettata, e l'esercito, composto soprattutto da contadini, viene sconfitto dai ribelli i quali invece vivono immersi in una filosofia che fa della guerra una vera e propria arte e ragion d'essere. Hollywood simplifies the scenario to show the samurai as simplistic, good, and pure, and the modernization as quite evil and oppressive. A sweeping historical epic that hints at the brilliance of Akira Kurosawa's finest work while also invoking the melancholy of a Shakespearean tragedy, the movie is a reminder of the cost of high ideals and danger of industrial conformity. They Are all Perfect 5:51 2. Action Drama History War Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare -- in this lush epic set in the 1870s, which finds Algren learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. The blending of events persists until the last battle of the film, which is a direct correlation to the final battle of the Satsuma Rebellion.
Algren finds the first peace he has known in a long time, and begins to adapt to the ways of the samurai. The casting, location, storyline and direction of this film is simply excellent. However, I found the movie truly and unequivocally remarkable and cannot contain my review in 350 words. Opportunity knocks in the form of an old Army acquaintance Colonel Ben Bagley Tony Goldwyn , who has accepted work with a Japanese businessman named Omura Masato Harada. Overall, the film had depth and substance with brilliant work in almost every area of production and performance. The film does an excellent job in basing Katsumoto on one of the most respected rebels and Algren on an actual historical figure.
They opened up trade, encouraging foreign nations to bring them into the modern era. Samurai formed the veteran officer core of the new army, and many became successful businessmen. First, the experience was powerful. This was a difficult period. Samurai were supported mainly by peasants and were often cruel and tyrannical throughout Japanese history.