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Plot, Details & Awards

The Last Samurai

(2003)

Rated R for strong violence and battle sequences.

R In Theaters 12/5/2003 , 154min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Jeff Wexler Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Gretchen Rau Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Art Direction Lilly Kilvert Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Andy Nelson Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Anna Behlmer Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Ngila Dickson Nominated
2003 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Ken Watanabe Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Tom Cruise Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Score Hans Zimmer Nominated
2003 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Ken Watanabe Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 American Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography John Toll Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
2003 National Board of Review Best Director Edward Zwick Won

Producers Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2003 Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Marshall Herskovitz Nominated
2003 Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Edward Zwick Nominated
2003 Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Tom Cruise Nominated
2003 Producers Guild of America Producer of the Year Paula Wagner Nominated

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