The last samurai is a 2003 american period action drama film directed and coproduced by edward zwick, who also cowrote the screenplay with john logan and marshall herskovitz. Jun 10, 2016 the last samurai is fragmented and episodic, yes. Its crew is forced to swim to a small, unknown island, where they are rescued by a passing american ship. Taking place during the meiji period of japanese history, the japanese emperor is ecstatic for acquiring all western ideas, cultures, and styles. The last samurai by helen dewitt 2002, paperback for. The last samurai is not a novel for everyoneno novel isbut it is a novel for many people. On september 25, 1877, on a rainsoaked, muddy field in kagoshima, japan, a small group of proud samurai warrior rebels prepared for one last stand. One evening, during an openair torchlight performance takigi noh, katsumoto parodies the comic role of a kygen actor. Oct 12, 2004 and i thought the last samurai was a great film. The true story of the last warrior, by john man, bantam press. Sibyllas alternative ideas on child rearing see ludo learning piano at 3, greek at 4, hebrew, arabic, japanese, aerodynamics and edible insects of the world at 5. The wars are well and truly over, but algren is still haunted by what he has seen, and done, and scrounges out drinking money to sustain his chronic alcoholism by endorsing rifles.
After the movie the last samurai, i became intrigued by the true life and history of these people. In true history the satsuma rebellion was finished as the remaining samurai, hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned, decided to charge at the imperial army and were cut down and killed to the last man. The reallife counterpart to katsumoto played by ken watanabe is takamori saigo, who led a samurai rebellion in 1877. Is the movie the last samurai based on a true story. It had been seventeen months since her agent had indicated she would be able to get an advance based on the first six chapters of the manuscriptwhich, in the. Japans borders remain closed to all western nations, so the crew sets off to america, learning english on the way. Cruise had been involved in a project by john woo based on historian caleb carrs novel the devil soldier which was specifically about ward, however the project was abandoned in 1993. The blending of events persists until the last battle of the film, which is a direct correlation to the final battle of the satsuma rebellion. Tom cruise stars as nathan algren, a veteran of the american civil war and the campaigns against the american indians, in the course of which he served under general custer.
Algren raises the alarm and then takes up a sword to help defend taka, her children, and katsumoto. The last samurai is a solid example of how films should be treated on dvd, both old and new. Is the movie the last samurai based on a true story answers. Directorcoauthor edward zwick imbues every part of the screen with respect, even majesty. It is however based on the bakamatsu period when the tokugawa finally lost its hold on japan and the meiji period began. Inspired by the plot of the seven samurai, the elevenyearold tests various men for paternal suitability after learning the identity of, and being thoroughly disappointed by, his biological father. The last samurai movie is an award winning work, but it is also a bastardization of reality. The last samurai is based on a screenplay by american screenwriter john logan, filmmaker edward zwick who also directed and coproduced the movie, and coproducer marshall herskovitz. The villagers carefree respite is interrupted by an attack by ninja assassins.
The only answer is no, unlike shogun by james clavell there is not the remotest similarity in the story line to suggest that the main character existed. Asked in drama movies, samurai who is the last samurai in the movie last samurai. Sep 20, 2000 the last samurai is a book where youre never quite sure where youre going next and at what speed, you just realise its going to be unconventional. I was a fashion model and tv host while in university and while doing this, i knew that my career would be in entertainment.
The last samurai has some outstanding action scenes and memorable performances, but its greatest strength is its scope. Living during the late edo and early meiji periods, he has been dubbed the last true samurai. How do japanese people feel about the movie the last samurai. Saigo was born in 1832, long after the last real samurai wars, a time when samurai were. The last samurai is an original work of brilliance about, in part, the limits of brilliance. Billy writes in, his interest piqued by the big screen version of the last samurai, looking for books about japans wandering warriors. Convention hall san francisco day 3 a trade show is in progress. From the opening voiceover and title to the final scene, the last samurai is an historical disaster. The wars are well and truly over, but algren is still haunted by what he has seen, and done, and. In contrast, the samurai believe that japan is modernizing too fast for its own good.
The last samurai is about the pleasure of ideas, the rich varieties of human thought, the possibilities that life offers us, and, ultimately, the balance between the structures we make of the world and the chaos that it proffers in return. I must outdo ludo, because he is younger than i am but smarter than i am. Ravinas the last samurai is an excellent study high on specifics in an academic subject which is often superficial and generalized. Dewitts the last samurai cultivates ambition in its readers. The last samurai is a 2011 japanese world war ii pacific war drama film directed by hideyuki hirayama and based on the true story of captain sakae oba, who together with his survivors held out on the island of saipan for 512 days. With high production values and thrilling battle scenes, the last samurai is a satisfying epic. Ludo reads homer in the original greek at 4 before moving on to hebrew, japanese, old norse, and inuit. Sep 28, 2010 the story of jules brunet, who inspired the character of nathan algren, played by tom cruise in the 2003 movie the last samurai. Come see why it is so vile in its contempt of the very history it wishes to portray. Depicting the chasm opening inside the japan of that time between their own traditions samurai, bushido and the western influence soldiers, fire weapons, etc. The film was inspired by an earlier film, also titled the last samurai 1990, although the stories are not related to each other. Sakae oba was an officer of the imperial japanese army during world war ii.
Was the movie the last samurai based on a true story. They also repeatedly watch kurosawas seven samurai. It was sold in more than a dozen countries, with 100,000 copies sold in english. Tom cruise, ken watanabe period of history in focus. Perhaps the most important trait of the samurai, is discipline. Apr 23, 2008 samurai is very compassionate and they humbly express that emotion. The last samurai is a war and drama film, based on a true story depicting honour and courage.
Tom cruise is nathan algren, a veteran of the american civil war and the campaigns against the american indians, in the course of which he served under general custer. I didnt see the film, but i was pretty sure that it was at least loosely based on a book. To be fair, i hated the movie and any reader should know this. Watch helen dewitt discuss the last samurai in our my first time video series.
The film was inspired by an earlier film, also titled the last samurai 1990. The last samurai was an excellent historicalfiction movie. Some of the officers were drawn from the ranks of former samurai, but more of the warriors found work as police officers. The last samurai by helen dewitt 2002, paperback for sale. The talent from japan who was last seen in abcs hit realitygame show series i survived a japanese game show and also on unbeatable banzuke currently airing on g4 tv. In 1877, angry exsamurai revolted against the meiji in the satsuma rebellion, but they later lost the battle of shiroyama, bringing the era of the samurai to an end. How do japanese people feel about the movie the last. In a way i wished that the way of the samurai would win out in the end despite knowing that it hadnt been that way. Saigo takamori, the actual samurai who led the satsuma rebellion, on whom katsumoto is based, was a military modernist who was almost exclusively portrayed wearing a westernstyle military uniform, and whos army was equipped with enfield rifled muskets as well as artillery. In the true story of the last samurai, however, the samurai rebels did actually have some western garb and weaponry thanks to the westerners like brunet who had been paid to train them. To make sure you remain connected to the short snappy pointed tone of the main characters the writing adopts a similar style. The last samurai by dewitt, helen, 1957publication date 2000. The true story of the last warrior by john man samurai. The last samurai blends several rebellions that occurred over many years into one.
Its not a book about generals, tactics, and weapons, but a look at an idealistic and passionate man who also happened to be a samurai. It is important to remember the story takes place in the 1870s when the samurai class of japan still existed. Saigo was born in 1832, long after the last real samurai wars, a time when samurai were landowners rather than warriors. The movie the last samurai tells the story of american civil war veteran nathan algren, played by tom cruise, who meets japanese traditionalist katsumoto, but the real last samurai who stood against the emperors quest for modernisation was takamori saigo. The wars are well and truly over, but algren is still haunted by what he has seen, and done, and scrounges out drinking money to sustain his chronic. How true to history is tom cruises the last samurai.
Jules brunet and the true story behind the last samurai. Helen dewitts extraordinary debut, the last samurai, centers on the relationship between sibylla, a single mother of precocious and rigorous intelligence, and her son, who, owing to his mothers singular attitude to education, develops into a prodigy of learning. The film stars tom cruise, who also coproduced, with timothy spall, ken watanabe, billy connolly, tony goldwyn, hiroyuki sanada, koyuki, and shin koyamada in supporting roles tom cruise portrays a united states. In the late nineties, helen dewitt, a thenunpublished writer with a ph. The epic reach of the movie is grounded in committed and thoughtful performances, especially watanabe and koyuki as taka, his sister. This bizarre, bold, brilliant book, originally published in. Internet archive contributor internet archive language english. Meanwhile, the storyline in the film is based on a slightly later period in 1877 once the emperor was restored in japan following the fall of the shogunate. D and i rewatched it again before writing this answer just to reconfirm that i still love it 12 years later.
The fictional leader katsumoto was based on the influential and honorable saigo takamori, leader of the final rebellion. The practice of seppuku was a rite practiced only by the elite samurai class of japan. The wars are well and truly over, but algren is still haunted by what he has seen, and done, and scrounges out drinking money to sustain his. Some of the little details such as the outlaw of swords for the samurai class and outlaw of top knots were true to the period. Jul 28, 2019 in the true story of the last samurai, however, the samurai rebels did actually have some western garb and weaponry thanks to the westerners like brunet who had been paid to train them.
Aug 27, 2003 military history magazine recently did an intriguing cover story on the events that inspired the upcoming tom cruise epic the last samurai. Manjiro, a fourteenyearold boy, is curious and eager to learn everything he can about this new culture. Sure, the supplements arent as informative and extensive as in the lord of the rings 4disc sets or even the black hawk down deluxe edition, but this is a wellrounded package that presents the film in its best possible light. But rome kanda is not just an entertainer, he is also a descendent of both samurai and okinawan royalty and the. Set in 1876, the last samurai is about american mercenary. My father says that this is ridiculous, as ludo is a fictional character. Reviewers have also mentioned the movies inclusion of the topic of suicide. The last samurai is a book where youre never quite sure where youre going next and at what speed, you just realise its going to be unconventional. The last samurai 2003 frequently asked questions imdb. Time the book has been a great source of motivation for me. The book has been a great source of motivation for me.
Aug 28, 2015 the last samurai movie is an award winning work, but it is also a bastardization of reality. Although not completely historically accurate and evidently catering to a western aud. Casual readers should know right from the start that this book is an academic text with extensive annotations and a large. The new government created a conscripted army in 1873. Saigo takamori takanaga, january 23, 1828 september 24, 1877 was one of the most influential samurai in japanese history and one of the three great nobles who led the meiji restoration. Oct 31, 2003 the dramatic arc of saigo takamoris life, from his humble origins as a lowly samurai, to national leadership, to his death as a rebel leader, has captivated generations of japanese readers and now americans as well his life is the inspiration for a major hollywood film, the last samurai, starring tom cruise and ken watanabe. Dewitts remarkable prose follows the shifts and breaks. Beppu complied, and afterwards, he and the 40 surviving samurai, raised theirs swords and charged downhill to meet their end. While its obvious that the last samurai isnt the most original movie in.215 460 667 1291 1475 476 1207 706 1382 944 1382 1223 964 757 300 381 1361 1480 975 906 1244 1063 900 1524 556 1400 861 157 821 580 350