Last Samurai, The

Lists: Action, Drama, Biopic, Historical, Martial Arts films, War, Epic

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 674 (Rank from 2003: # 8)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 25%
Regular 75%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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David Baruffi97
Rob from GuysFilmQuest81
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
CinemaVisitor Erik70

People Involved

  • Tom Cruise (Captain Nathan Algren)
  • Ken Watanabe (Katsumoto)
  • William Atherton (Winchester Rep)
  • Chad Lindberg (Winchester Rep Assistant)
  • Billy Connolly (Zebulon Gant)
  • Tony Goldwyn (Colonel Bagley)
  • Shichinosuke Nakamura (Emperor Meiji)
  • Koyuki (Taka)
  • Timothy Spall (Simon Graham)
  • Togo Igawa (General Hasegawa)
  • Scott Wilson (Ambassador Swanbeck)
  • Shun Sugata (Nakao)
  • Shin Koyamada (Nobutada)
  • Hiroyuki Sanada (Ujio)
  • Masato Harada (Omura)
  • Masashi Odate (Omuras Companion)
  • John Koyama (Omuras Bodyguard)
  • Satoshi Nikaido (N.C.O.)
  • Shintaro Wada (Young Recruit)
  • Sôsuke Ikematsu (Higen)
  • Aoi Minato (Magojiro)
  • Seizô Fukumoto (Silent Samurai)
  • Shoji Yoshihara (Sword Master)
  • Edward Zwick (Director)