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The Last Samurai


5 Dec 2003

2 hr 34 min

Drama, Action, War, History

In the face of an enemy, in the heart of one man, lies the soul of a warrior.
Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare -- in this lush epic set in the 1870s, which finds Algren learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.


Status: Released
Countries: Japan, USA, New Zealand
Languages: English, Japanese
Awards: Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 60 nominations.
Budget: $140M


Edward Zwick


Edward Zwick (Producer)
Paula Wagner (Producer)
Ted Field (Executive Producer)
Marshall Herskovitz (Producer)
Richard Solomon (Executive Producer)
Scott Kroopf (Producer)
Vincent Ward (Executive Producer)
Tom Cruise (Producer)
Tom Engelman (Producer)
Charles Mulvehill (Executive Producer)


(Screenplay · Story)


Tom Cruise (as Captain Nathan Algren)
Ken Watanabe (as Katsumoto)
William Atherton (as Winchester Rep)
Chad Lindberg (as Winchester Rep Assistant)
Billy Connolly (as Zebulon Gant)
Tony Goldwyn (as Colonel Bagley)
Shichinosuke Nakamura (as Emperor Meiji)
Koyuki (as Taka)
Timothy Spall (as Simon Graham)
Togo Igawa (as General Hasegawa)
Scott Wilson (as Ambassador Swanbeck)
Shun Sugata (as Nakao)
Shin Koyamada (as Nobutada)
Hiroyuki Sanada (as Ujio)
Masato Harada (as Omura)
Masashi Odate (as Omura's Companion)
John Koyama (as Omura's Bodyguard)
Satoshi Nikaido (as N.C.O.)
Shintaro Wada (as Young Recruit)
Sôsuke Ikematsu (as Higen)
Aoi Minato (as Magojiro)
Shoji Yoshihara (as Sword Master)
Seizô Fukumoto (as Silent Samurai)
Ray Godshall Sr. (as Convention Hall Attendee)
Kosaburo Nomura IV (as Kyogen Player #1)
Takashi Noguchi (as Kyogen Player #2)
Noguchi Takayuki (as Kyogen Player #3)
Sven Toorvald (as Omura's Secretary)
Yuki Matsuzaki (as Soldier in Street #1)
Mitsuyuki Oishi (as Soldier in Street #2)
Jiro Wada (as Soldier in Street #3)
Yusuke Myochin (as Sword Master's Assistant)
Hiroaki Amano (as Samurai Ensemble)
Kenta Daibo (as Samurai Ensemble)
Koji Fujii (as Samurai Ensemble)
Makoto Hashiba (as Samurai Ensemble)
Shimpei Horinouchi (as Samurai Ensemble)
Takashi Kora (as Samurai Ensemble)
Shane Kosugi (as Samurai Ensemble)
Takeshi Maya (as Samurai Ensemble)
Seiji Morita (as Samurai Ensemble)
Lee Murayama (as Samurai Ensemble)
Takeru Shimizu (as Samurai Ensemble)
Shinji Suzuki (as Samurai Ensemble)
Hisao Takeda (as Samurai Ensemble)
Ryoichiro Yonekura (as Samurai Ensemble)



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