The Last SamuraiDVD - 2004 | Widescreen version
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I am not an "epic" movies person and this would--in my opinion--qualify. But, Japanese actor Ken Watanabe takes this long, tedious film to the next level with this phenomenal performance as Katsumoto, the leader of the samurai rebellion. Watanabe is fierce one moment and honest and true... Read More »
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Katsumoto: You believe a man can change his destiny?
Algren: I think a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed.
Algren: "My thanks, on behalf of those who died in the name of better mechanical amusements and commercial opportunities."
Algren: "There is some comfort in the emptiness of the sea... no past; no future."
Algren (to the silent Samurai): "I know why you don't talk. Because you're angry. You're angry because they make you wear a dress."
Algren (to the silent Samurai): "I just realized, I've been remiss. Forgive me, I forgot to thank you for protecting me yesterday. That is your job right? Protecting me? Well done 'Bob.' You don't mind if I call you Bob, do you? I knew a Bob once; God, he was ugly as a mule. Are you a ladies man, Bob?"
Algren (narrating): "They are an intriguing people. From the moment they wake they devote themselves to the perfection of whatever they pursue. I have never seen such discipline. I am surprised to learn that the word Samurai means, 'to serve', and that Katsumoto believes his rebellion to be in the service of the Emperor."
Katsumoto: "The perfect blossom is a rare thing. You could spend your life looking for one, and it would not be a wasted life."
Algren (narrating): "Spring, 1877. This marks the longest I've stayed in one place since I left the farm at 17. There is so much here I will never understand. I've never been a church going man, and what I've seen on the field of battle has led me to question God's purpose. But there is indeed something spiritual in this place. And though it may forever be obscure to me, I cannot but be aware of its power. I do know that it is here that I've known my first untroubled sleep in many years."
Higen: "Will you fight the white men, too?" Algren: "If they come here, yes." Higen: "Why?" Algren: "Because they come to destroy what I have come to love."
Katsumoto: "What happened to the warriors at Thermopylae?" Algren: "Dead to the last man." (They both smile and charge into battle)
Other: Philosophy, per my Japanese, Samurai, Definition: Samurai means: to act in Service. And when Samurai asks him/her/it/their self questions, like: to what then do I serve, and to who(m) do I serve?... Then this act or art becomes Bushido... or, The Way of the Warrior that which one, innately and domestically, dwells. -X; Who
Violence: A lot but it is not overly explicit nor does it glorify the violence it does have.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Mild but the ending scene in perticular is intense.
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The Warred Upon: It has to be done and it has to be mentally, emotionally explored upon. And so, at near closing’s end… the scene sends sagely and mighty message… war is not to comfort and it is not to assuage; war is generally and gistly brought by bullies wanting what they cannot obtain… and without end in sight, bullies will always put up their fisticuffs, first, to futilely fight. Of this samurai show, the final charge, shows how in large… we are short sighted; and because of this ignorance invited… sickly, greedy, mental thoughts… materialize… and make way… and make way… to our minds… making it mush, making it decay, and making it mentally rot away. BushiDo: Life in every breath... is to feel the inescapable perimeters of death… to honor all life and actions… this amidst all the teeming strife and factions. This simply and properly, being put, are the styles and ways, in which in Bushido, we thrive and strive to be. -X; Who