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
Commentary by Director Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick: Director's Video Journal
The History Channel Documentary History vs. Hollywood
Tom Cruise: A Warrior's Journey
Making an Epic: A Conversation with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise
A World of Detail: Production Design with Lilly Kilvert
This film is a modern classic in my opinion. The railroad wants to come through a village of Samurai. But the Samurai don't make it easy fighting tooth and nail all along the movie. Tom Cruise's character is injured and has learned from the West. Now he learns from the East as he killed the husband of a blind woman. The blind woman cares for his injuries even though he would be considered an enemy. This all leads up to the final battle. I won't disclose the ending but it makes up what is so great about this film.
Excellent and beautiful movie. Outstanding acting by everyone, if you like Tom Cruise this is another great film from him. Also If you collect steelbooks then i recommend adding this one to your collection, especially for the price.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Classic Action Movie
Owned for 7 months when reviewed.
It's classic Tom Cruise. Need I say more. Buy it now.
This so happens to be my favorite Tom Cruise movie. I like the historical aspect provided about Japan's samurai warriors. Tom's character is touching and the movie's plot grabs you! The only downfall is that the movie did not include a digital code.