In Japan, Civil War veteran Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) trains the Emperor's troops to use modern weapons as they prepare to defeat the last of the country's samurais. But Algren's passion is swayed when he is captured by the samurai and learns about their traditions and code of honor.
The Last Samurai has it all: good acting, beautiful cinematography, thrilling action sequences and an interesting premise. Cruise gives a strong performance, as with Ken Watanabe. Edward Zwick brings homges of Glory into The Last Samurai, which definitely works.
My Rating: ****