The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai
  • R
  • 2h 34m
  • 2003
Fresh66%
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Tom Cruise stars in this sweeping epic set in Japan during the 1870s as Captain Nathan Algren, a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. As the Emperor attempts to eradicate the ancient Imperial Samurai warriors in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly government policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly impressed and influenced by his encounters with the Japanese warriors, placing him at the center of a struggle between two eras and two worlds, with only his own sense of honor to guide him as The Last Samurai.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh66%
Critics Consensus: With high production values and thrilling battle scenes, The Last Samurai is a satisfying epic.
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Entertainment Weekly
Fresh

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Rotten

Competently mounted in its studiedly immersive, elongated way, Zwick's earnest costume epic dresse...

June 21, 2017
New York Magazine/Vulture
Peter Rainer
Fresh

The Last Samurai is an idyll in which the savageries of existence are transcended by spiritual dev...

June 20, 2017
BBC.com
Fresh

June 20, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Outstanding action and performance; lots of blood.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has extreme and graphic violence with many grisy wounds and a lot of blood. Many characters are killed, including some we have come to care about. Parents should especially be aware of the way that this movie portrays the traditional samurai notion of suicide as an honorable choice in the event of a defeat. The movie also includes some strong language, alcohol abuse, smoking, and sexual references. One of the movie's strengths is its respect for the Japanese culture and its portrayal of strong and respectful relationships between people of different races and cultures.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:December 5, 2003
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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