MOVIE: The Last Samurai
GO!, 8.45pm, M (2003)
Glory director Edward Zwick carves out a visually spectacular tribute to the classic films of Akira Kurosawa through this sweeping epic. Tom Cruise plays Civil War veteran and military adviser Nathan Algren, who’s dispatched to Japan in 1876 to train the emperor’s troops. Leading an inexperienced group of soldiers, Algren is swiftly captured and incarcerated by the skilled samurai (Ken Watanabe, who steals the show from Cruise) and becomes engrossed in the principles of Bushido (“the way of the warrior”). Under the guise of a superficial action epic, Zwick unleashes a stylish, thoughtprovoking homage.