For curiosity, not for tribute

Alphonso 2022-03-20 09:01:10

When I saw the director’s name was Edwards Wick, I suddenly realized it. No wonder that the picture of this movie is so familiar. I just watched the director’s masterpiece "Blood Diamond" two days ago, on the continent that God has abandoned for a long time. , The director is still determined to shoot Africa with pleasant scenery, the picture is so clean and gorgeous. In "The Last Samurai", director Edward's attention to the picture is once again highlighted. It’s a pity that this five-star movie can only get four stars. The missing star is a feeling. This feeling that has been brought out in the first half of the film is melted by the war scenes in the second half. Halfway through, I always feel that the movie has lost a bit of soul at the end.
Ordinarily, the story of this movie can be said to be in the same line as "Dancing with Wolves". A person enters another world that does not belong to him, but is moved by the mystery of this world. Through understanding, he blends into the world and joins the people here. Oppose the world you were in before. It’s fair to say that Kevin Costner’s "Dancing with Wolves" can be recognized by many Oscars, and "The Last Samurai" originally has the same good foundation, coupled with the communication between the East and the West, and the Japanese tradition and modernity. The change of the movie should be even better. The director who shouldn’t have breathed a sigh of relief. He made Shengyuan’s death a sense of ritual, but instead lost the shock it deserved. In any case, Shengyuan’s death is part of this movie. Established facts, but how he died is the director's choice. I have to say that his current method of death is not clever. The end of any era is accompanied by a great sense of fate and irreversible sadness. It is precisely because of the existence of these two feelings that the passing is extremely tragic and majestic. After all, one of the scenes in the film that touched me the most was the scene in which Katsuemoto’s son was bullied by the Japanese on the street and cut off his hair. The scream was so terrible, as if a person had been sentenced to the palace. This scene is truly tragic, but for the end of this era, the director only used such a detail to show, the others are more like a Westerner looking for curiosity, without showing great respect for this passing era. Another question that I don’t understand is that since the bun is a symbol for the samurai, why would Katsumi tolerate being a bald head? How can he be the ultimate samurai without a bun?

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Extended Reading
  • Darius 2022-03-25 09:01:05

    A good story and a good movie are touching. After returning to history and reality, it is necessary to look at Bushido and its cultural spirit objectively.

  • Olen 2022-03-21 09:01:11

    The momentum is very impressive

The Last Samurai quotes

  • Algren: You want me to kill Jappos, I'll kill Jappos.

    Colonel Bagley: I'm not asking you to kill anybody.

    Algren: You want me to kill THE ENEMIES of Jappos, I'll kill THE ENEMIES of Jappos... Rebs, or Sioux, or Cheyenne... For 500 bucks a month I'll kill whoever you want. But keep one thing in mind: I'd happily kill you for free.

  • Algren: [Narrating] I have been hired to suppress the rebellion of yet another tribal leader. Apparently, this is the only job for which I am suited. I am beset by the ironies of my life.