THURSDAY THE LAST SAMURAI
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
9.15PM, NINE Despite its breathtaking showpiece skirmishes, there is more to this Oscar-friendly epic. Tom Cruise stars as a haunted American ex-soldier hired to train a new and modernised Emperor’s Army in 19th-century Japan. After his capture by a renegade Samurai warlord (Ken Watanabe), allegiances change and a showdown between culture and progress looms.