DVD 154 mins IMDB 7.9 (42,727 votes)
The Last Samurai
Warner Brothers (2003)
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(2004 )
Action, Adventure, Drama, War, Western
USA  /  English

Ken Watanabe Katsumoto
Tom Cruise Nathan Algren
William Atherton Winchester Rep
Chad Lindberg Winchester Rep Assistant
Ray Godshall Sr. Convention Hall Attendee
Billy Connolly Zebulon Gant
Tony Goldwyn Colonel Bagley
Masato Harada Omura
Masashi Odate Omura's Companion
John Koyama Omura's Bodyguard
Timothy Spall Simon Graham
Hiroyuki Sanada Ujio
Shichinosuke Nakamura Emperor Meiji
Shun Sugata Nakao
Seizo Fukomoto Silent Samurai
Sosuke Ikematsu
Shin Koyamada
Aoi Minato
Togo Igawa General Hasegawa
Satoshi Nikaido N.C.O.
Shintaro Wada Young Recruit
Seizo Fukumoto

Director Edward Zwick
Producer Tom Cruise; Tom Engelman; Marshall Herskovitz; Scott Kroopf; Paula Wagner; Edward Zwick
Writer John Logan; Marshall Herskovitz; Edward Zwick
Cinematography John Toll
Musician Hans Zimmer
User Credit 1 Victor Du Bois; Steven Rosenblum
User Credit 2 Ngila Dickson

Edward Zwick returned to the director's chair for the first time since 1998's The Siege with this sweeping period drama set in 19th-century Japan. After centuries of relying on hired samurai for national defense, the Japanese monarchy has decided to do away with the warriors in favor of a more contemporary military. Tom Cruise stars as Nathan Algren, a veteran of the U.S. Civil War who is hired by the Emperor Meiji to train an army capable of wiping out the samurai. But when Algren is captured by the samurai and taught about their history and way of life, he finds himself conflicted over who he should be fighting alongside. Billy Connelly, Tony Goldwyn, and Ken Watanabe co-star. — Matthew Tobey

Edition Details
Barcode 085392838325
Region Region 1
Chapters 41
Release Date 9/14/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 2

Disc 1: Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
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User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Strong violence and battle sequences.
User Text 2 In the face on an enemy, in the Heart of One Man, Lies the Soul of a Warrior.
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Trivia: Cruise's character is loosely based on American mercenary soldier Frederick Townsend Ward, who was one of the leading figures in the Taiping Rebellion in China between 1851 and 1864. Cruise had been involved in a project by John Woo based on historian Caleb Carr's novel "The Devil Soldier" which was specifically about Ward, however the project was abandoned in 1993. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: During the wooden sword fight in the rain, (after Nathan spars with one of the young boys), he gets a bloody nose from a blow to the face. In the very next shot, the blood is gone. (more)

[first lines]
Simon Graham: [narrating] They say Japan was made by a sword. They say the old gods dipped a coral blade into the ocean, and when they pulled it out four perfect drops fell back into the sea, and those drops became the islands of Japan. I say, Japan was made by a handful of brave men. Warriors, willing to give their lives for what seems to have become a forgotten word: honor.

Awards: Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 34 nominations (more)