Epic bio-pictures have been all the rage since the dawn of the â€œCharlie Chaplinâ€ flick â€“ and quite possibly before that â€“ though most of them idly take on that old formulaic, writing decay and mass-produce cinematic gems in the caliber of â€œGlitter.â€
Edward Zwickâ€™s (Blood Diamond) â€œThe Last Samurai,â€ however, transcends the typical aspiration of cinematic biographies and lends a clandestine touch of romance of a forgotten period.
Loosely based on the Satsuma Rebellion, following historyâ€™s favored â€œlast samurai,â€ SaigÅ Takamori, the majority of the plot spans several months as Japanâ€™s samurai attempt to fend off Western influence and maintain their traditional way of life.
In the film, Takamori becomes Lord Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), an honorable and poetic leader of noble rebels and, presumably, the real-life roles of Jules Brunet, Henry Andres Burgevine and William Adams culminate in the form of tortured soldier, Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise).
A veteran of the Indian Wars, Algren suffers from a shame-induced post-traumatic stress disorder. Reoccurring nightmares of his role in the massacre at the Washita River prevent any extended sobriety and social grace. Desperate for some form of financial security, he agrees to train Japanese troops against the rebel samurai and after an impressive display of valor during a battle, is captured by them.
This is where the intricate plot of the sentimental story begins. كيف تربح في القمار Although initially an outsider in this remote and culturally foreign village, Algren soon comes to know Katsumotoâ€™s family and love their ways.
He begins to speak their language, adopt their customs and admire their discipline.
More than anything else, â€œThe Last Samuraiâ€ is a romantic ode to the honor of Bushido â€“ the samuraiâ€™s code of honor â€“ and the jidaigeki feel of the epics of the legendary Akira Kurosawa.
Katsumoto discloses that the word, â€œsamurai,â€ means â€œto serve.â€ In this noble, eternal servitude to a perceivably just leader, the essence of humble heroism is revealed. If the emperor desires, the samurai will take his own life. Otherwise, he will fight for the everlasting preservation of his ways.
Cruise presents a surprisingly powerful performance as the haunted Captain, writhing in the throngs of alcoholic desperation and ultimately serene in his newfound peace.
The true treasure of the title is Watanabe, however, as the regal Katsumoto. His presence bears a simultaneous elegance, grace and might that are seldom seen onscreen by modern audiences. لعبه بلاك جاك
A particularly charming presence is lent by Shin Koyomada (Wendy Wu: HomecomingWarrior) as Katsumotoâ€™s son, Nobutada. With an engaging smile and an authentically sweet disposition, Koyomada feasibly adds a sense of gentleness to the stoic way of the warrior.
Emphasized by a deeply moving soundtrack and breathtaking cinematography, â€œThe Last Samuraiâ€ is ecstasy for the eye and serenity for the soul.
And the special features on the two-disc DVD set arenâ€™t bad, either.
Comprised of â€œTom Cruise: A Warriorâ€™s Journey,â€ â€œEdward Zwick: Directorâ€™s Video Journal,â€ â€œMaking an Epic: A Conversation with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruiseâ€ and â€œHistory VS. Hollywood: The Last Samurai,â€ the only truly interesting bit is the last, even though it focuses more on the overall history of samurai rather than the actual Satsuma rebellion. العاب مجانية عبر الانترنت Even so, this History Channel special is more than worth a glance.
The remaining features, while informative, are only entertaining of to the viewer with preexistent interest in the subject.
In a quiet, somber fashion, this the film inspires as easily as it compels with stunning performances delivered by all. While living samurai were flawed and human, the strict adherence to the code of Bushido and the strict honor of the warriors of yesteryear in the spectacle leaves a sense of hushed inspiration, as would any conceivably moving display of valor against all odds.
To the history buffs, you know why the end is a tearjerker. To those who arenâ€™t, the dignified denizens of modern Japan are hardly a katana-toting, kimono-clad Bushido band these days.
That doesnâ€™t matter. The predictable outcome of this fray should not dissuade an eager viewer. To quote Algren at the end when asked how Katsumoto died: â€œLet me tell you how he lived.â€
And one can only hope that the real SaigÅ lived that well.
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…. however, transcends the typical aspiration of cinematic biographies and lends a clandestine touch of romance of a forgotten period.
I prefer ‘clandestine touch of romance “to” a forgotten period’, instead of, well, “of”– I think it works a bit better i.e. it doesn’t sound slapped together i.e. it is more fluid– see where I am going?
Ever edificatory in criticism,