• The Last Samurai (2003)

The Last Samurai

Release Date: December 5th, 2003

DVD Release Date: May 4th, 2004

R |2 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is an American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. As the government attempts to eradicate the ancient Samurai warrior class in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly affected by his encounters with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds.

Cast: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada, Masato Harada, Koyuki

Director: Edward Zwick

Genres: Drama , War , Adventure

Production Co: Cruise-Wagner Productions, Radar Pictures, Bedford Falls Productions, Warner Brothers

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Emotional , Rivalry , Soldier , Sacrifice ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Too many mind and the story grows tedious or absurd. No mind and the spectacle suffices.

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Hugely satisfying entertainment that will attract a broad spectrum of audiences around the world. Zwick fully exploits the star power at his disposal, pairing off Cruise and Japanese star Ken Watanabe as two larger-than-life warriors. show more

  • 63
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    It's not just Hollywood convention that gets in the way of the story, it's the lack of depth, heft and heart at its core. show more

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Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Sound Mixing
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004)
Nominated Art Direction