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TITLE : The Last Samurai YEAR OF RELEASE : 2003 CLASSIFICATION : M DIRECTOR : Edward Zwick STARRING : Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall, Tony Goldwyn, Shin Koyamada, Hiroyuki Sanada, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Seizo Fukumoto, Shun Sugata, Masato Harada BUDGET: $100,000,000
During the 1870s, Civil War veteran, Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is hired by the Japanese Emperor to train his troops in the art of modern warfare. Part of his assignment is to help wipe out The Samurai.
When Algren is captured by this ancient warrior class, he must reconsider which side he supports and finds himself in the midst of a struggle between two eras.
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