“The Last Samurai” is a western adventure film based on the legendary Japanese ninja class. This film stars Tom Cruise as Capt. Nathan Algren, an American soldier stationed in Japan during World War II. Japan’s government wants to eradicate the warrior class of the Samurai so that it can implement more Westernized policies that are more open to trade. However, as Algren’s encounters with the Samurai affect his own life, he is thrown into the middle of a struggle between two worlds.
The climax of Nathan Algren’s The Last Samurai is a resounding triumph for the samurai. As the last of the samurai, they defeat the first wave of Imperial forces with just two dozen men. However, it is unclear whether they will ever be able to stop the imperial forces once more. The story’s central conflict is the conflict between the values of the samurai and those of the imperial government.
In order to understand Algren’s psyche, one must look at his behavior and how he changes from a good to a bad character. After killing the Native American, Algren experiences guilt and settles by becoming drunk. This is an attempt to minimize his anxiety, which eventually leads to the emperor taking him as a prisoner. The film depicts this change in character very realistically.
Takamori was the man who introduced the westerner to the samurai way of life. He had been living in the Japanese countryside for 900 years, and was now surrounded by Western weapons. This gave Algren a firsthand account of what he had come to know about the Japanese people. The villagers had become fascinated by Takamori, and Algren was also fascinated by their lifestyles.
Initially, Algren’s mission is to protect the Emperor’s interests. He trains recruits from scratch and must also face an army of samurai who are largely outnumbered and armed with American weapons. However, the samurai army is much better organized and armed than the British army. Katsumoto’s ominous vision of the Last Samurai’s Last Stand prompts Algren to take action against the samurai.
The power of samurai over the general Japanese population is longstanding and centuries old. The last Samurai demonstrates this power when Katsumoto’s samurai men convince the Emperor of Bushido after his death. When they return to Tokyo, the Imperial peasant levy flees, and Japanese citizens bow to the men. A film about Samurai has always been a controversial topic, but it’s not so in The Last Samurai.
In the movie, Katsumoto is responsible for crushing the good people of Aizu. He was trying to bring the war to an end quickly, but he got confused and resentful when he saw Imperial rebels. He is ultimately responsible for his own death and the deaths of many others. While he is portrayed as the villain in The Last Samurai, there are several elements of reality that make him a sympathetic character.
Despite his apparent lack of charisma, Katsumoto is a good example of a traditional Japanese warrior. The Japanese have a strict honor code known as Bushido, and their warriors possess discipline, loyalty, and a devotion to the emperor that is unparalleled in the world. In The Last Samurai, Katsumoto is a samurai of the highest quality, with a history of fighting and surviving in the worst conditions.
Despite the film’s modern-day setting, Japan was a highly isolated nation for a very long time. Unlike today, samurai continued to dominate Japanese society and government until the Meiji Restoration, which ended the feudal system. In fact, Tom Cruise’s character is not based on a real American soldier, but rather on the French Army officer Jules Brunet, who was sent to Japan to train the Japanese military. Brunet is a famous French Army officer, and he fought in the Boshin War as well. Likewise, the film is based on the strict ethical code known as bushido, which is a branch of Confucianism and a traditional code of conduct.
Honor Before Reason
The plot of Honor Before Reason in The Last Samurai revolves around a rebellion within the samurai class in 1873 Japan. This revolt stemmed from the samurai class’ inability to see duty in a world without status or privilege. In addition, many of the samurai refused to give up the symbols and privileges of the past, such as the sword.
The film starts with Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) killing an innocent man in a battle. The emperor then hires him to train his army. While this may seem like an absurd scenario, it is not unheard of. In fact, many samurai have died in battle for their country and their honor. As a result, the samurai are enraged and seek revenge.
A second wave of Imperial infantry follows, and is met by a samurai counterattack. The second wave of Imperial infantry is also met with a counterattack by samurai cavalry. The samurai cavalry then encircles the Imperial army. This is a climactic scene in the film. The samurai are defeated, but not without honor.
As the Imperial army marches towards the samurai, Algren convinces Katsumoto to join the battle. He is able to gain some respect in the samurai community and is subsequently rewarded with the Emperor’s approval. Katsumoto’s samurai friends include Algren, who is now an ally of the samurai, and his young student, Ogawa.
The samurai’s code of conduct is rooted in both the military tradition and religious belief. The Last Samurai preaches these beliefs, highlighting issues of karma, destiny, faith, and perfection. The samurai is also a warrior who believes in a higher power and committing hara-kiri to achieve his goal. This is not a very popular sentiment today.
The movie is based on a true story. In 1868, a rebellion took place and a fifteen-year-old emperor was installed on the throne. He made sweeping changes in the culture of Japan, including changing the social caste system and nationalizing land. These changes affected the way people lived, as well as how weapons were used. While the movie may seem unrealistic, it does show how a country can adapt to changes in a short amount of time.
In the spring, the ninjas capture Tom, but not before he has a blood bruise on his thumb. This is actually a wound from the ninja attack on Katsumoto, and one that fades over time. The next time we see Katsumoto, he is at a standoff with two ninjas. One of them has a sword while the other has a sai. In the next shot, we see their original weapons.
While this was a tragic situation for both sides, the ninjas managed to survive. They were able to protect themselves and others from harm because their training materials were so expensive and out of the reach of commoners. They were also able to use their skills to protect the kingdom from invaders. These samurai were considered the last line of defense for their clan.
Algren finds a group of Imperial soldiers, who are essentially peasants with no knowledge of firearms or battle. They are sent to attack the samurai railroad. The battle is a disaster, and the undisciplined conscripts are routed. Algren, however, saves Taka, and together they fight the ninjas. The film also includes a beautiful battle between two teams.
In The Last Samurai and the Imperial Army, Bagley, the commander of the Emperor’s army, is forced to take the side of the samurai rebels. The samurai, known as Bushido, have the power of life and death over the general Japanese population. Even though they have no military experience, the Samurai still have the ability to control the general population.
The Imperial Army faces off against the rebel samurai, but the samurai force is too large to be wiped out by the soldiers. Instead of falling back to higher ground, the samurai are forced to charge. Bagley orders his men to advance, despite the advice of Bagley. Bagley’s men suffer significant casualties as they charge towards the samurai line. Ultimately, the cavalry begins the assault.
The film takes place during World War II. In the final battle, the imperial army is overwhelmed by a samurai rebellion and the French are forced to retreat. As a result, a French officer named Jules Brunet (Tom Cruise) was sent to Japan to help the samurai fight the Imperialists. The Last Samurai is based on the life of Jules Brunet, a real person who fought alongside the Tokugawa samurai in the battle against the imperials.
Nathan Algren, a former Civil War veteran, is recruited by the Japanese Emperor to train the first army of the new country. He is captivated by a samurai who accept him, learns the ways of the East and fights with his former enemy. Ken Watanabe, who plays the samurai leader Katsumoto, is a master of Bushido, the dying samurai code.