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The Last Samurai

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The Last Samurai

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15 Certificate
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149 Mins
Released
2003
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Packshot of The Last Samurai
Certificate
15 Certificate
Duration
149 Mins
Released
2003

Set during 19th-Century Japan, the monarchy has decided to do away with the samurai warriors in favour of a more modern army. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is a disillusioned veteran of the U.S. Civil War. He is hired by the Japanese Emperor to train an army capable of destroying the samurai. But when he is captured by the samurai he comes to respect their way of life, making him question who he should be fighting for. Co stars Billy Connolly. Contains strong violence.

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Director

  • Edward Zwick

Screenwriters

  • John Logan and
  • Edward Zwick

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Did you know?

  • Tom Cruise narrowly escaped a fatal injury while he and Hiroyuki Sanada were acting out a sword fight scene. The mechanism Cruise was relying on to protect him malfunctioned, so Sanada had to stop his sword mid-swing just an inch from Cruise's neck.
  • This movie marks the 100th score composed by Hans Zimmer.
  • This was the first American-made movie that Ken Wantabe had starred in, as well as being the first time he spoke English in a film.
  • Tom Cruise spent two years preparing for this film, including talking lessons in Japanese and swordplay.
  • Over 500 Japanese extras trained for 10 days at a rugby ground in New Plymouth in preparation for the battle scenes.

Awards

  • 4 Academy Awards nominated

    • 2004 Best Achievement in Sound Mixing - Andy Nelson, Anna Behlmer, Jeff Wexler
    • 2004 Best Actor in A Supporting Role - Ken Watanabe
    • 2004 Best Art Direction, Set Decoration - Lilly Kilvert, Gretchen Rau
    • 2004 Best Costume Design - Ngila Dickson
  • 3 Golden Globe Awards nominated

    • 2004 Best Original Score, Motion Picture - Hans Zimmer
    • 2004 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama - Tom Cruise
    • 2004 Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture - Ken Watanabe

Box Office

U.K.
£11.90 million
U.S.
$111.13 million

Source: Rentrak EDI

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