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  • The Last Samurai 2003 war film review
  • The Last Samurai 2003 war film review
  • The Last Samurai 2003 war film review
  • The Last Samurai 2003 war film review
  • The Last Samurai 2003 war film review
  • The Last Samurai 2003 war film review
  • The Last Samurai 2003 war film review

The Last Samurai 2003 war film review


The Last Samurai (2003, United States)

Running time: 150 minutes

Categories: infantry filmsknights filmsmercenaries films

Language: English / Japanese

Captain Algren, veteran of American Indian Wars, is given chance of new start - he is offered a job in Japan as instructor on modern warfare.

Captain Nathan Algren became hopeless alcoholic after the trauma of American Indian Wars. He makes living by taking part in presentations of Winchester guns and rifles, but his alcoholism takes over control of his life. During one of the shows he goes too far and is sacked. Lucky for him a job opportunity came up - unusual, on the other side of the world, but close to his military experience. Meiji Restoration era in Japan opened the country for foreign influences, one of the elements of which is switching the army to modern warfare rules, especially introducing firearms and artillery. Algren is hired as military instructor to train one of the units, together with Sergeant Zebulon Gant and his former commander Colonel Bagley. The job is well payed, but at the same time very demanding - they have to reach to the simple people, who never were in the battle, not to mention they are not trained to use firearms, there is a language barrier and the cultural barrier. Despite the objections from Algren the unit is sent into the battle against samurai rebels, but quick charge of the samurai cavalry causes havoc in the defence lines and the unit begins to retreat in chaos. Gant is killed and Algren is heavily wounded, but fights back until he has strength to. Finally overcome by the enemy he is taken prisoner and kept in secluded village high in the mountains. While living among the samurai he begins to appreciate their values and their culture.

American look on bushido code with equal amount of historical elements and the myths about samurai and their lifestyle. As war film it is only average (at best), mainly because 90% of the time is spent on predictable conversion of Algren from washed out alcoholic to exemplary warrior. Unfortunately The Last Samurai lacks pace, lacks interesting story and even the battle scenes are... letís just say not very impressive or logical - itís hard to call charge on foot with swords in the hands through the open space a sound move, especially since the enemy is armed with firearms and this is part of the ambush.

Our rating

5.2 / 10

Film value

5 / 10

Realism factor

3 / 5

Adventure factor

3 / 5

Historical accuracy factor

2 / 5

Wars and battles in The Last Samurai

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