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O Último Samurai (2003)
Em 1870 é enviado ao Japão o capitão Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), um conceituado militar norte-americano. A missão de Algren é treinar as tropas do imperador Meiji (Shichinosuke Nakamura), para que elas possam eliminar os últimos samurais que ainda vivem na região. Porém, após ser capturado pelo inimigo, Algren aprende com Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) o código de honra dos samurais e passa a ficar em dúvida sobre que lado apoiar.
The Last Samurai
In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet’s first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren’s courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto’s failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when …