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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Tom Cruise
Ken Watanabe
Timothy Spall
Billy Connolly
Tony Goldwyn
Directors
Edward Zwick
Screenwriters
John Logan
Edward Zwick
Marshall Herskovitz
Running Time
154 minutes

The Last Samurai
Cruise learns the way of the samurai.


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Plot
American Captain Nathan Algren, haunted by his role in the Indian Campaigns, is recruited to train an army fighting the 1877 samurai rebellion in Japan. But when captured by samurai leader Katsumoto, he embarks on a journey of redemption.


Verdict
August award bodies are likely to overlook a picture that puts the accent on action-adventure (samurais vs. ninjas!) rather than detailed drama. More fool them — as brisk as it is rich, The Last Samurai is much more fun than a mere history lesson.


Reviewed by Will Lawrence

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