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The last samurai

Author: Tom CruiseMarshall HerskovitzEdward ZwickJohn LoganKen Watanabe; et al; All authors
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, ©2004.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : English : Widescreen edView all editions and formats
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Tormented Civil War veteran Capt. Nathan Algren is coerced by a mercenary officer to train the Japanese Emperor's troops in the use of modern weaponry. Opposing this modernization are the samurai warriors who are holding fast to their traditions of honor, despite their strategic disadvantage. As a captive of the samurai leader, Algren learns, appreciates, and adopts the samurai code, switching sides for a climactic  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Feature films
Drama
History
Teatro
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Tom Cruise; Marshall Herskovitz; Edward Zwick; John Logan; Ken Watanabe; William Atherton; Billy Connolly; Tony Goldwyn; Hiroyuki Sanada; Masato Harada; Koyuki; Hans Zimmer; Ngila Dickson; Lilly Kilvert; Timothy Spall; Shun Sugata; Shin Koyamada; Scott Wilson; Togo Igawa; Shichinosuke Nakamura; Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- ); Bedford Falls Company.; Radar Pictures.; Warner Home Video (Firm); Cruise/Wagner Productions (Firm); et al
ISBN: 0790782766 9780790782768
OCLC Number: 54435762
Language Note: English and Japanese with English subtitles or dubbed French dialogue with optional subtitles in English, French or Spanish; closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 2003.
Special features: disc 1: theatrical film with commentary by director Edward Zwick; disc 2: deleted scenes with commentary; history vs. Hollywood: 'The last samurai' [History Channel documentary]; Tom Cruise: a warrior's journey; Edward Zwick: director's video journal; making an epic: a conversation with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise; a world of detail: production design with Lilly Kilvert; Silk and armor: costume design with Ngila Dickson; Imperial Army basic training; From soldier to samurai: the weapons; Japan premieres (Tokyo & Kyoto red carpet); theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM web link.
Credits: Director of photography, John Toll ; editors, Steven Rosenblum, Victor DuBois ; original music, Hans Zimmer.
Cast: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada, Masato Harada, Koyuki, William Atherton, Shun Sugata, Shin Koyamada, Scott Wilson, Togo Igawa, Shichinosuke Nakamura.
Target Audience: MPAA rating: R; for strong violence and battle sequences.
Description: 2 videodiscs (ca. 154 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: Enhanced DVD video; Dolby digital surround 5.1.; DVD-ROM system requirements: InterActual Player (included on disc), Microsoft Windows 98SE, Microsoft IE 5.5, Macromedia Flash Player 6.0, an Internet connection, a DVD-ROM drive and a DirectShow-compatible DVD decoder.
Contents: Disc 1: The Last Samurai: theatrical film with commentary by director Edward Zwick --
Disc 2: Special features : Deleted scenes with commentary; History vs. Hollywood: 'The last samurai' [History Channel documentary]; Tom Cruise: a warrior's journey; Edward Zwick: director's video journal; Making an epic: a conversation with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise; A World of detail: production design with Lilly Kilvert; Silk and armor: costume design with Ngila Dickson; Imperial Army basic training; From soldier to samurai: the weapons; Bushido : the way of the warrior; Japan premieres (Tokyo & Kyoto red carpet); theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM web link.
Other Titles: Last samurai (Motion picture)
Responsibility: a Warner Bros. Pictures presentation ; a Radar Pictures/Bedford Falls Company production ; produced by Marshall Herskovitz ... [et al.] ; screenplay by John Logan and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz ; story by John Logan ; directed by Edward Zwick.

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Tormented Civil War veteran Capt. Nathan Algren is coerced by a mercenary officer to train the Japanese Emperor's troops in the use of modern weaponry. Opposing this modernization are the samurai warriors who are holding fast to their traditions of honor, despite their strategic disadvantage. As a captive of the samurai leader, Algren learns, appreciates, and adopts the samurai code, switching sides for a climactic battle that will put everyone's honor to the ultimate test.

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