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The Last Samurai [Blu-ray] [2003]

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Release Date:11/14/2006
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Description

Edward Zwick returned to the director's chair for the first time since 1998's The Siege with this sweeping period drama set in 19th-century Japan. After centuries of relying on hired samurai for national defense, the Japanese monarchy has decided to do away with the warriors in favor of a more contemporary military. Tom Cruise stars as Nathan Algren, a veteran of the U.S. Civil War who is hired by the Emperor Meiji to train an army capable of wiping out the samurai. But when Algren is captured by the samurai and taught about their history and way of life, he finds himself conflicted over who he should be fighting alongside. Billy Connelly, Tony Goldwyn, and Ken Watanabe co-star.~Matthew Tobey

Features

Commentary by director Edward Zwick

Deleted scenes

Edward Zwick: director's video journal

The History Channel documentary History vs. Hollywood

Tom Cruise: a warrior's journey

Makin 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

From Soldier to Samurai: the weapons

Imperial Army basic training

Japan premieres

Theatrical trailer