The Last Samurai (US, 2003)

This is superb in both narrative and style. It’s critique of American foreign policy, using guns to back business favourable to itself, and both the scenery and action sequences look great. The action, in particularly, is superbly done as continuity is not sacrificed in a frenetic maelstrom of events. It’s relatively easy to follow what’s happening despite the rapid cutting which shows up the laziness of many filmmakers. Cruise and Watanabe excel in the leads. Of course, whilst we are on the side of the samurai their society based on discipline, militarism and narrow gender roles does not have much to recommend it. (DVD, 2)

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