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The Last Samurai

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Original title
The Last Samurai
Running time
144 min.
United States United States
John Logan, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz
Hans Zimmer
John Toll
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Warner Bros. Pictures
Adventure. Action. Drama | Feudal Japan. 19th Century. Samurai. Ninjas. Epic film
Synopsis / Plot
Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), 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.
2003: Academy Awards: 4 Nominations, inc. Best Supporting Actor (Watanabe)
2003: Golden Globes: 3 Nominations: Best Supporting Actor, Actor Drama & OST
2003: National Board of Review: Best Director (Edward Zwick)
2003: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 - Movies of the Year
2003: Critics' Choice Awards: 3 Nominations: Picture, Supporting Actor & Composer
2003: Producers Guild Awards (PGA): Nominated for Best Film
2003: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Best Supp. Actor (Watanabe)
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