History Film / TheLastSamurai

12th May '16 10:08:52 AM Morgenthaler
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* KnightsTemplar: Algren learns that Katsumoto believes himself to be a servant of the Emperor.

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* KnightsTemplar: KnightTemplar: Algren learns that Katsumoto believes himself to be a servant of the Emperor.
7th May '16 3:32:55 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon: In the final battle, imperial soldiers prefer to fire from a ''very'' short range or use bayonets rather than just wiping the samurai off with volley fire. Bagley does similar thing when trying to stop the charging cavalrymen, letting the samurai crash into his ranks and [[spoiler: kill him.]]

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* ShortRangeLongRangeWeapon: In the final battle, imperial soldiers prefer to fire from a ''very'' short range or use bayonets rather than just wiping the samurai off with volley fire. Bagley does a similar thing when trying to stop the charging cavalrymen, letting the samurai crash into his ranks and [[spoiler: kill him.]]
7th May '16 3:29:19 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* {{Pride}}: Bagley and Omura are far too confident in their firearms and derisive of the Samurai's fighting abilities - after nearly 300 years of peace - early on in the film. The former appears to learn the err of his ways, suggesting sending in skirmishers rather than a main attack force at the start of the final battle with the samurai. The latter has definitely not not learned a thing, overriding Bagley and sending his men to the slaughter rather than listening to his paid military adviser.

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* {{Pride}}: Bagley and Omura are far too confident in their firearms and derisive of the Samurai's fighting abilities - after nearly 300 years of peace - early on in the film. The former appears to learn the err error of his ways, suggesting sending in skirmishers rather than a main attack force at the start of the final battle with the samurai. The latter has definitely not not learned a thing, overriding Bagley and sending his men to the slaughter rather than listening to his paid military adviser.
7th May '16 3:23:36 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* {{Jerkass}}: Omura is pompous, self-serving and will stop at nothing to advance himself and his interests. Bagley is a man of the times who believes in his own cultural and racial superiority and has no qualms about massacring lesser peoples, inclusive women and children.

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* {{Jerkass}}: Omura is pompous, self-serving and will stop at nothing to advance himself and his interests. Bagley is a man of the times who believes in his own cultural and racial superiority and has no qualms about massacring lesser peoples, inclusive including women and children.
7th May '16 3:19:16 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* HollywoodTactics: Most of the battles are actually justified. In the final battle, Bagley starts with a howitzer barrage but when the samurai begin their feint retreat, Omura -who has no military experience but technically has control of the army as the emperor's advisor- gets overconfident and gives several bad orders that Bagley calls him out on but can't stop.

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* HollywoodTactics: Most of the battles are actually justified. In the final battle, Bagley starts with a howitzer barrage but when the samurai begin their feint retreat, Omura -who Omura--who has no military experience but technically has control of the army as the emperor's advisor- gets advisor--gets overconfident and gives several bad orders that Bagley calls him out on but can't stop.
7th May '16 3:07:13 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* CherryBlossoms: Casually mentioned not long after Algren is captured, eventually forms a symbollically important part of the climax. Katsumoto, during Algren's captivity, sincerely tells him that someone could spend their entire life looking for a perfect cherry blossom and it would not be a wasted life. [[spoiler: And then after Algren has already assisted him in his seppuku in the middle of the battlefield, Katsumoto looks at the cherry blossom trees in the distance and with his final breath utters his realization that "They are all perfect."]]

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* CherryBlossoms: Casually mentioned not long after Algren is captured, eventually forms a symbollically symbolically important part of the climax. Katsumoto, during Algren's captivity, sincerely tells him that someone could spend their entire life looking for a perfect cherry blossom and it would not be a wasted life. [[spoiler: And then after Algren has already assisted him in his seppuku in the middle of the battlefield, Katsumoto looks at the cherry blossom trees in the distance and with his final breath utters his realization that "They are all perfect."]]



** Algren does a similar thing with [[spoiler:one of the ronin who tried to assasinate him.]]

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** Algren does a similar thing with [[spoiler:one of the ronin who tried to assasinate assassinate him.]]
7th May '16 3:05:06 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Katsumoto, his son, and many others are dead, and the way of the samurai has come to an end. However, Omura has been bankrupted and dishonered, Algren has finally found peace, and the Emperor has realized that Japan must remember and honor its own history rather than fully Westernize.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Katsumoto, his son, and many others are dead, and the way of the samurai has come to an end. However, Omura has been bankrupted and dishonered, dishonored, Algren has finally found peace, and the Emperor has realized that Japan must remember and honor its own history rather than fully Westernize.]]
20th Apr '16 7:23:58 PM Mullon
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* YouShallNotPass: Nobutada.
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* YouShallNotPass: Nobutada.
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Nobutada.
6th Mar '16 4:30:34 PM Ohio9
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* PlotArmor: Every single Samurai warrior appears to die in the final battle, except for Algren, who somehow manages to survive being shot multiple times by a Gatling gun

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* PlotArmor: Every single Samurai warrior appears to die in the final battle, except for Algren, who somehow manages to survive being shot multiple times by a Gatling gungun. In fact, he's actually able to stand and talk to the emperor just hours after the battle ends.
6th Mar '16 2:40:40 PM outlander2012
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-->'''Katsumoto''': ''[regarding Algren]'' You do not fear death, but sometimes you wish for it.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: Effectively {{lampshaded}} in the epilogue; while Graham doesn't know Algren's fate for certain, he (correctly) believes that he's finally found happiness. It has, however, taken him decades and trip across the full length of the world to achieve this.

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Effectively {{lampshaded}} in the epilogue; while Graham doesn't know Algren's fate for certain, he (correctly) believes that he's finally found happiness. It has, however, taken him decades and a trip across the full length of the world to achieve this.


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* OffWithHisHead: Algren does this to one of Omura's lackeys [[spoiler: who has just tried to assassinate him]] and taunts him that "The Samurai are finished!"


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-->'''Colonel Bagley''': The rebels don't have a single rifle among them. They're savages with bows and arrows.
-->'''Algren''': Whose sole occupation for the last one thousand years has been war.
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