The Last Samurai Movie

Who's Involved:

Hiroyuki Sanada, Timothy Spall, Tom Cruise, Edward Zwick, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Shun Sugata, Aoi Minato, Shin Koyamada, Schichinosuke Nakamura, Seizo Fukumoto, Koyuki, Sosuke Ikematsu, Masato Harada

Release Date:

Friday, December 5, 2003

Rating: R

Runtime: N/A

Plot: What's the story about?

Set in the late 1870s, this epic film depicts the beginnings of the modernization of Japan, as the island nation evolved past a feudal society, as symbolized by the eradication of the samurai way of life. We see all this happen from the point of view of an alcoholic Civil War veteran turned Winchester guns spokesman, Captain Woodrow Algren (Tom Cruise), who arrives in Japan to train the troops of the emperor, Meiji, as part of a break away from the long-held tradition of relying on employed samurai warriors to protect territories, as the emperor's new army prepares to wipe out the remaining samurai warriors. When Algren is injured in combat and captured by the samurai, he learns about their warrior honor code from their leader, Katsumoto, which forces him to decide which side of the conflict he actually wants to be on.

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Crew: Who's making The Last Samurai

A look at the The Last Samurai behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Edward Zwick last directed Jack Reacher: Never Go Back and Defiance.


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Production: What we know about The Last Samurai

Filming Timeline

On or about December 31, 1969, the film was in Completed status.

The Last Samurai Release Date: When was it released?

The Last Samurai was released in 2003 on Friday, December 5, 2003 (). There were 3 other movies released on the same date, including Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs - The Iraqi Connection, Prisoner of Paradise and Honey.

When will the movie be on DVD?

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

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