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The Last Samurai [Enhanced, Soundtrack]

Hans Zimmer Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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Whether Tom Cruise's portrayal of a 19th century American soldier cum samurai warrior will be remembered with the same pangs of pop-cultural bemusement that befell John Wayne playing Genghis Khan remains to be seen. But its musical soundtrack does mark an auspicious occasion: pop musician-turned-composer Hans Zimmer's 100th score since beginning his film career in 1988. A pioneer of fusing both the electronic and orchestral and the Westernized with the indigenous, Zimmer does both here with skill, drawing heavily on samples of the traditional Taiko (a massive Japanese drum) for its rhythmic action sequences, while constructing a melodic Western motif for Cruise's character that's both centerpiece and counterpoint for the score's transcultural intent. Aside from the brief, ominous thunder of the expected action/suspense boilerplate, Zimmer has constructed passages of gentle, Asian-inflected pastoralism that have parallels with much of his evocative work on The Thin Red Line. Those cues are the score's very soul, a canvas against which his more traditional themes reverberate all the stronger. --Jerry McCulley

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5.0 out of 5 stars Streams of "idyll's end" July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
As I write this review,my thoughts float in the calm stream of Idylls end.The soundtrack as a whole is inspiring.From the thought provoking tunes of 'spectres in the fog ' to the heart-stomping shouts of "red warrior",this is one of Hans Zimmers' best works and it is indeed a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Samurai force June 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
This soundtrack is amazing, it has a beautiful japanese music. Spectres in the Fog, A Way of Life, and Safe Passage are the most exquisite compositions of the CD. One of the best soundtrack ever made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good balance between the past and the present June 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
I didn' heard about Hans Zimmer before the Gladiator was first rolled out which both the movie and the soundtrack were excellent. Now that the Last Samurai was released I can't stop listening to it !! You have to buy this album, it worths more that you pay for, however I do recommend to watch the movie first to get into the old Japanese environment, culture, phylosofy and the way of the warrior "bushido". Hans Zimmer music expresses the environment where old samurai and Japanese culture fussion frezzing the advance of the modern western influence ...
My simple advice is to watch the Movie and don't wait any second !! Go and get this CD soundtrack !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zimmer's great June 10 2004
By Qwerty
Format:Audio CD
This score must be Zimmer's best ever. I liked the Gladiator score very much but by my opinion it can't even compare to this one. The score itself just makes the whole movie more emotional. It is a real classi score that made me enjoy the movie even more.
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Format:Audio CD
What can I say...but %^$& Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Great Job of Zimmer May 18 2004
By Pliskin
Format:Audio CD
Im a "fan" of Zimmer and all his works, and I think this is genial. The amazing sound of "Taken" and his percussion are excellent.
For me, the best song is "Taken" and "Spectres in The Fog", because they are the main themes of Algren (Cruise) and Katsumoto (Watanabe).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece May 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
By the trime that The Last Samurai was released here in the Netherlands, I already was totally blown away by the score. This most be Zimmers best effort till now. While I saw the film the first time I could dream the music and that was a very special way of watching it. This is a great score, that perfectly expresses what there is to be seen on screen. But not only that, just for listening, without having seen the film, this is a great piece. I listened the cd countless times by now and I cannot stop thinking this is the best thing he ever did. The Japannese atmosphere comes through really perfectly an so suddle. This is indeed the prefect score for the perfect film. What Zimmer in fact is doing great here is keeping the music away from Bombastic when the action breaks loose, the same trick he did with Thin Red Line as we'll, or with certain parts of Pearl Harbor. I think that is indeed very very smart and really good to express drama and makes the picture. often so much more powerfull. A shame he was not even nominated for best score with the Oscars. But same story with all his scores that way. Gladiator, Hannibal, Black Hawk Down, Thin Red Line, Pearl Harbor all masterpieces. Even while the movie was not that good due the score Tears Of The Sun was a great one too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding May 8 2004
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes it hard to listen to a soundtrack entirely. We skip tracks, or only listen to 3 ,4 and #9. The Last Samurai soundtrack is simply outstanding. We can spend hours and hours listening all the tracks once again. You cannot really avoid to buy this cd, firstly because Hans Zimmer is giving a spectacular performance as always, and because you cannot totally enjoy the beauty of this music in the action.
If you're a fan of japan, you probably liked this movie.If you're a real fan of japan, you probably noticed that music in the movie doesnt match the music around years 1870 in japan.To that, Zimmer said: "Japanese music of the 1870s is completely inaccessible to most Western audiences," explains Zimmer. "It would not work dramatically. In fact, it's the antithesis of drama." He decided to mix strings and bass with traditionnal japanese instruments and the result is great.
You don't always listen to the music when looking at samurais fighting(until you saw the movie hundred of times).This is very sad because that music is superb.
For fans and people who just liked the movie. You cannot dislike this album.
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