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The last samurai - Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Tony Goldwyn, Edward Zwick

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Movie propaganda

Set in the late 1870s, this epic film depicts the beginnings of the modernisation of Japan, as the island nation evolves beyond a feudal society, as symbolised by the eradication of the Samurai way of life. We view this through the eyes of an alcoholic, USA Civil War veteran turned Winchester guns spokesman, Captain Woodrow Algren (Tom Cruise), who arrives in Japan to train the troops of Emperor Meiji (Shichinosuke Nakamura). This is part of a break away from the long-held tradition of relying on employed samurai warriors to protect territories, as the Emperor's new army prepares to wipe out the remaining Samurai warriors.

When Algren is injured in combat and captured by the Samurai, he learns about their warrior honour code from their leader, Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), which forces him to decide which side of the conflict he actually wants to be on.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Japan samurai drama modernisation Meiji honour native war soldier

Persons of interest

  • Tom Cruise .... Captain Woodrow Algren
  • Billy Connolly .... Sergeant Zebulah Grant
  • Tony Goldwyn .... Colonel Benjamin Bagly
  • Masao Harada .... Ohmura
  • Togo Igawa .... Hasegawa
  • Shin Koyamada .... Yoritomo
  • Koyuki .... Taka
  • Shichinosuke Nakamura .... Emperor Meiji
  • Hiroyuki Sanada .... Ujio
  • Timothy Spall .... Simon Graham
  • Shun Sugata .... Nakao
  • Ken Watanabe .... Katsumoto
  • John Logan .... Screenwriter
  • Marshall Herskovitz .... Screenwriter
  • Edward Zwick .... Screenwriter
  • Edward Zwick .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Run, hit, shoot, bleed. Slice. Dice. Very nice.

Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

144 minutes (2:24 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 15 January 2004

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