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The Last Samurai [HD DVD]
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The Last Samurai [Hd Dvd]
La fascination des cinéastes occidentaux pour la droiture morale, la pugnacité et le code d'honneur particulièrement strict des Samouraïs n'est pas nouvelle. Cest désormais au tour dEdward Zwick de sy intéresser, dans la grande fresque épique Le Dernier Samuraï, mettant en vedette Tom Cruise.
Le capitaine Nathan Algren est un héros de la guerre civile cynique et désabusé. En 1876, le Japon, alors avide de connaissances extérieures, lengage pour entraîner larmée de lEmpereur. Mais bien vite cette armée devra affronter les Samouraïs, rebelles au nouveau tournant économique du pays. Algren sera enlevé et gardé captif au sein dune communauté dont il apprendra plus quil ne lespérait.
Même si lon pouvait craindre un regard hollywoodien sur les Samouraïs, force est de constater que le réalisateur nous plonge dans l'univers de ces guerriers aux traditions millénaires sans mépris ni condescendance, faisant de son film une saga héroïque et chevaleresque tout à fait prenante. Malgré un enrobage musical et une utilisation du flash-back outranciers, la mise en scène pleine de souffle magnifie les sublimes décors et costumes du Japon ancestral. De nombreux documentaires complètent la présentation du double dvd. Quant à Tom Cruise, dont les épaules sont un peu trop étroites pour soutenir lambition dun tel projet, il livre tout de même une performance honorable. Helen Faradji --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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So, when all the hype about the LAST SAMURAI came down, Oscar nominations, I held back going, wait for DVD. Everyone kept assuring me I would LOVE this film, with its historical background that it would be my cup of tea. However, Tom Cruise was a sticking point. I was blown away from Tom Cruise stealing the thunder from Timothy Hutton (a talented actor whose work I appreciate) in TAPS. Cruise was brilliant in the small role and everything pointed to him being a great actor. Instead, Cruise became a "star". There is a BIG difference between a great actor and a superstar. And Cruise seemed content to flash his killer smile and coast by, rather than step up the plate and hit "a home run". This has always tarnished his performances - to me - I hate to see great talent not reach their potential. So I had that reservation going into the LAST SAMURAI.Read more ›
of Japan to train the Japanese Army in modern warfare.The Emperor than
hopes to bring about an end to the Samurai,who have remained with the
old way of fighting.As events unfold,Algren is captured by the Samurai
and while treated with indifference and disdain at first,he slowly
becomes part of the community.he begins to learn the Samurai ways,and
gains their trust and friendship.in turn,he develops a newfound respect
for the samurai way,and in time,becomes a better man for it. Even if
you are not a Tom Cruise fan,you should still like this movie.Cruise
plays Algren as a man who is at first,deeply flawed,with no
hope.Then,as the movie progresses,Cruise convincingly portray's
Algren's slow,but noticeable change into a humble man who regains his
humanity and discovers what it means to be a man.This Movie is directed
by Edward Zwick(Glory,Legends of the Fall).The screenplay was written by
John Logan(Any Given Sunday,Gladiator).the action scenes are well done
and look authentic.the dialogue is well written,leading to some very
touching scenes.the movie is also visually stunning. everyone involved
put their heart and soul into this project and it shows. 5/5
He also befriends a local girl who, unfortunately is hounded by her ex-boyfriend, an arrogant and aggressive teenager who cruises around town with his friend on dirt bikes. When the ex-boyfriend catches Algren and the girl together a fight ensues and Algren is beaten and humiliated. This prompts Algren to go to the local Bushido dojo where unfortunately he discovers that the ex-boyfriend is the star pupil and the instructor is a sadist.
Fortunately, Algren meets Mr. Miyagi an old Samurai warrior who works as a handyman in Algren's rental unit. When Mr. Miyagi realizes Algren's dilemma he takes him on as his lone pupil and teaches him the way of Bushido. Mr. Miyagi orders Algren to paint his fence, wax his car, and strike girlie-man poses on a post by the sea shore all the while promising that this will teach him how to wield a Katana like no other Caucasian man has ever done before.
And somehow it works. All of Mr. Miyagi's household chores turn out to be magic Samurai conditioning techniques that convert Algren into the Unstoppable White Warrior (UWW). From here an epic battle takes place between Algren and the ex boyfriend and his evil cohorts. I won't give away the outcome of this incredible battle scene except to say that Cruise does a lot of grunting, his eyes puff out during some of the more visceral moments of combat and his beard flutters in the wind like the calm of the butterfly.
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A former solder is selected to go to Japan to teach them military ways.Published 2 months ago by ellison
This movie’s interest lies essentially in its depiction of late 19th century Japan. Obvious efforts were placed in recreating the era, notably in terms of costumes and settings. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pierre Gauthier
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