History Film / TheLastSamurai

20th Mar '17 2:47:22 AM cernex
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The film is loosely inspired by the actual historical events, but for their part they do not even attempt to claim BasedOnATrueStory. All the major characters besides the Emperor were fictionalized and the actual events depicted went quite differently. The period saw two conflicts: the Boshin War, a revolutionary war/coup which saw the toppling of the Tokugawa Shogunate and 'restoration' of the emperor - later known as the Meiji Emperor - as the head of the country (and as a puppet of the victorious rebels... [[PhyrricVictory until he implemented the same exact reforms the Shogunate tried to anyway]]). The second and smaller conflict was the Satsuma Rebellion, a rebellion chiefly of Samurai from Kagoshima Prefecture (the former Duchy of Satsuma) led by a man called Saigō Takamori a decade later. All the factions involved used firearms and were rushing to adopt more modern weaponry and tactics. Algren is based off French Army Captain Jules Brunet, who was dispatched by Emperor Napoleon III to train the troops of the Shogun shortly before the outbreak of the Boshin War. Plenty of ArtisticLicense was used in order to tell a compelling story but the movie is still a loving look at Japanese culture, one that does well in capturing the spirit of the Meiji era.

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The film is loosely inspired by the actual historical events, but for their part they do not even attempt to claim BasedOnATrueStory. All the major characters besides the Emperor were fictionalized and the actual events depicted went quite differently. The period saw two conflicts: the Boshin War, a revolutionary war/coup which saw the toppling of the Tokugawa Shogunate and 'restoration' of the emperor - later known as the Meiji Emperor - as the head of the country (and as a puppet of the victorious rebels... [[PhyrricVictory until he [[PyrrhicVictory implemented the same exact reforms the Shogunate tried to anyway]]). The second and smaller conflict was the Satsuma Rebellion, a rebellion chiefly of Samurai from Kagoshima Prefecture (the former Duchy of Satsuma) led by a man called Saigō Takamori a decade later. All the factions involved used firearms and were rushing to adopt more modern weaponry and tactics. Algren is based off French Army Captain Jules Brunet, who was dispatched by Emperor Napoleon III to train the troops of the Shogun shortly before the outbreak of the Boshin War. Plenty of ArtisticLicense was used in order to tell a compelling story but the movie is still a loving look at Japanese culture, one that does well in capturing the spirit of the Meiji era.
20th Mar '17 2:46:00 AM cernex
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The film is loosely inspired by the actual historical events, but for their part they do not even attempt to claim BasedOnATrueStory. All the major characters besides the Emperor were fictionalized and the actual events depicted went quite differently. The period saw two conflicts: the Boshin War, a revolutionary war/coup which saw the toppling of the Tokugawa Shogunate and 'restoration' of the emperor - later known as the Meiji Emperor - as the head of the country (and as a puppet of the victorious rebels). The second and smaller conflict was the Satsuma Rebellion, a rebellion chiefly of Samurai from Kagoshima Prefecture (the former Duchy of Satsuma) led by a man called Saigō Takamori a decade later. All the factions involved used firearms and were rushing to adopt more modern weaponry and tactics. Algren is based off French Army Captain Jules Brunet, who was dispatched by Emperor Napoleon III to train the troops of the Shogun shortly before the outbreak of the Boshin War. Plenty of ArtisticLicense was used in order to tell a compelling story but the movie is still a loving look at Japanese culture, one that does well in capturing the spirit of the Meiji era.

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The film is loosely inspired by the actual historical events, but for their part they do not even attempt to claim BasedOnATrueStory. All the major characters besides the Emperor were fictionalized and the actual events depicted went quite differently. The period saw two conflicts: the Boshin War, a revolutionary war/coup which saw the toppling of the Tokugawa Shogunate and 'restoration' of the emperor - later known as the Meiji Emperor - as the head of the country (and as a puppet of the victorious rebels).rebels... [[PhyrricVictory until he implemented the same exact reforms the Shogunate tried to anyway]]). The second and smaller conflict was the Satsuma Rebellion, a rebellion chiefly of Samurai from Kagoshima Prefecture (the former Duchy of Satsuma) led by a man called Saigō Takamori a decade later. All the factions involved used firearms and were rushing to adopt more modern weaponry and tactics. Algren is based off French Army Captain Jules Brunet, who was dispatched by Emperor Napoleon III to train the troops of the Shogun shortly before the outbreak of the Boshin War. Plenty of ArtisticLicense was used in order to tell a compelling story but the movie is still a loving look at Japanese culture, one that does well in capturing the spirit of the Meiji era.
3rd Mar '17 10:00:19 PM IllinoisStateTroper
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**Early on in the film, before the first battle with the samurai, a poorly-trained soldier has trouble inserting the ramrod into the barrel of his muzzle-loaded musket. During the final battle, when Omura orders that the Gatling guns be loaded, one better-trained but still apparently novice soldier has some difficulty loading the bullet hopper into the machine gun.
18th Feb '17 6:39:51 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* ApatheticCitizens: In the deleted scene with Ujio decapitating a harasser on street (see CleanCut below), all witnesses except of Algren, Katsumoto and Gant either ignore or even don't notice what has just happened.

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* ApatheticCitizens: In the deleted scene with Ujio decapitating a harasser on street (see CleanCut below), all the witnesses except of Algren, Katsumoto and Gant either ignore or even don't notice what has just happened.
18th Feb '17 6:38:35 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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A 2003 film directed by Creator/EdwardZwick. Creator/TomCruise stars as Nathan Algren, a veteran of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and the campaigns against the American Indians, in the course of which he served under General Custer. The wars are well and truly over, but Algren is still haunted by what he has seen, and done, and scrounges out drinking money to sustain his chronic alcoholism by endorsing rifles. He's given an opportunity to go back to what he's best at -- fighting -- when his former boss recruits him to aid the [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese Empire]]. The Meiji Emperor has been rapidly modernizing the country with the 'aid' of men like Omura, the most powerful man among the oligarchy which controls the emperor and the country from behind the scenes. Nathan is asked to train a force of the country's newly-formed national army in the art of modern warfare. His assignment comes with the knowledge that a group of Samurai, low-ranking nobles similar in rank and role to the Knights of medieval Europe, have risen up in rebellion against the oligarchy in the name of the Emperor. The rebels claim that the radical programme of modernisation endorsed by Omura is in fact a programme of '' 'westernisation' '', one that is destroying the Japanese way of life.

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A 2003 film directed by Creator/EdwardZwick. Creator/TomCruise stars as Nathan Algren, a veteran of UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar and the campaigns against the American Indians, in the course of which he served under General Custer. The wars are well and truly over, but Algren is still haunted by what he has seen, and done, and scrounges out drinking money to sustain his chronic alcoholism by endorsing rifles. He's given an opportunity to go back to what he's best at -- fighting -- when his former boss recruits him to aid the [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan Japanese Empire]]. The Meiji Emperor has been rapidly modernizing the country with the 'aid' of men like Omura, the most powerful man among the oligarchy which controls the emperor and the country from behind the scenes. Nathan is asked to train a force of the country's newly-formed national army in the art of modern warfare. His assignment comes with the knowledge that a group of Samurai, low-ranking nobles similar in rank and role to the Knights of medieval Europe, have risen up in rebellion against the oligarchy in the name of the Emperor. The rebels claim that the radical programme of modernisation endorsed by Omura is in fact a programme of '' 'westernisation' '', 'westernisation,' '' one that is destroying the Japanese way of life.



* ApatheticCitizens: In the deleted scene with Ujio decapitating harasser on street (see CleanCut below), all witnesses except of Algren, Katsumoto and Gant either ignore or even don't notice what has just happened.

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* ApatheticCitizens: In the deleted scene with Ujio decapitating a harasser on street (see CleanCut below), all witnesses except of Algren, Katsumoto and Gant either ignore or even don't notice what has just happened.
18th Feb '17 6:37:15 AM The_Glorious_SOB
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* AnimalMotifs: Tigers for Algren. His determination and ferocity even in the face of impossible odds reminds several characters of one. The spear he uses in the opening battle also has a tiger on it's standard.

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* AnimalMotifs: Tigers for Algren. His determination and ferocity even in the face of impossible odds reminds several characters of one. The spear he uses in the opening battle also has a tiger on it's its standard.
14th Feb '17 6:56:52 AM OtterOverthinker
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** Of particular note is Algren's fighting style. In early scenes where he uses a bokken, he puts his right hip forward, as he would if wielding a sabre. By the end of the film, he leads with his ''left'' hip, like a Samurai would.
28th Dec '16 1:12:01 PM Dragoon321
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* AnimalMotifs: Tigers for Algren. His determination and ferocity even in the face of impossible odds reminds several characters of one. The spear he uses in the opening battle also has a tiger on it's standard.
8th Nov '16 7:02:58 PM Morgenthaler
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* TheAtoner: Nathan Algren
* AudibleSharpness: All over the film.
* BackToBackBadasses: Algren and Katsumoto.
* BadassArmy: The samurai army.

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* %%* TheAtoner: Nathan Algren
* %%* AudibleSharpness: All over the film.
* %%* BackToBackBadasses: Algren and Katsumoto.
* %%* BadassArmy: The samurai army.



* BadassGrandpa: 'Bob'
** Gant also qualifies.
* BaldOfAwesome: Katsumoto
* BigBad: Omura

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* %%* BadassGrandpa: 'Bob'
** %%** Gant also qualifies.
* %%* BaldOfAwesome: Katsumoto
* %%* BigBad: Omura



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Omura, pretty much.

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* %%* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Omura, pretty much.



* DrillSergeantNasty: Gant

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* %%* DrillSergeantNasty: Gant



* FlorenceNightingaleEffect

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* %%* FlorenceNightingaleEffect



* GoingNative: Pretty much the entire plot of the film.

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* %%* GoingNative: Pretty much the entire plot of the film.



* {{Samurai}}: ... no, really?

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* %%* {{Samurai}}: ... no, really?



* SceneryPorn: And how.

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* %%* SceneryPorn: And how.



* WhiteStallion: Katsumoto rides one.
* YouShallNotPass: Nobutada.

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* %%* WhiteStallion: Katsumoto rides one.
* %%* YouShallNotPass: Nobutada.
8th Nov '16 7:00:29 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: Katsumoto and his samurai are all badass but Ujio takes the cake.
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