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The Last Samurai Details

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[[Performer~P118079~Edward Zwick~edwardzwick]] returned to the director's chair for the first time since 1998's [[Feature~V173674~The Siege~thesiege]] with this sweeping period drama set in 19th-century Japan. After centuries of relying on hired samurai for national defense, the Japanese monarchy has decided to do away with the warriors in favor of a more contemporary military. [[Performer~P86295~Tom Cruise~tomcruise]] stars as Nathan Algren, a veteran of the U.S. Civil War who is hired by the Emperor Meiji to train an army capable of wiping out the samurai. But when Algren is captured by the samurai and taught about their history and way of life, he finds himself conflicted over who he should be fighting alongside. [[Performer~P85695~Billy Connelly~billyconnolly]], [[Performer~P27518~Tony Goldwyn~tonygoldwyn]], and [[Performer~P74900~Ken Watanabe~kenwatanabe]] co-star. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

  • Release date:November 29, 2003

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anna Behlmer Best Sound 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lilly Kilvert Best Art Direction 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ngila Dickson Best Costume Design 2003 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Paula Wagner Producer of the Year 2003 Nominee
National Board of Review Edward Zwick Best Director 2003 Winner
Producers Guild of America Edward Zwick Producer of the Year 2003 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hans Zimmer Best Score 2003 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Cruise Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 2003 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Tom Cruise Producer of the Year 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jeff Wexler Best Sound 2003 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Marshall Herskovitz Producer of the Year 2003 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Ken Watanabe Best Supporting Actor 2003 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ken Watanabe Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ken Watanabe Best Supporting Actor 2003 Nominee
American Society of Cinematographers John Toll Best Cinematography 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Andy Nelson Best Sound 2003 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gretchen Rau Best Art Direction 2003 Nominee

Cast

Tom Cruise
as Nathan Algren
Timothy Spall
as Simon Graham
Ken Watanabe
as Katsumoto
Billy Connolly
as Zebulon Gant
Tony Goldwyn
as Colonel Benjamin Bagley
Hiroyuki Sanada
as Ujio
Koyuki
as Taka
Shichinosuke Nakamura
as Emperor Meiji
Shun Sugata
as Nakao
Masato Harada
as Omura
Shin Koyamada
as Nobutada
Kenta Daibo
as Samurai Ensemble
Togo Igawa
as General Hasegawa
Takashi Kora
as Samurai Ensemble
Koichi Funayama
as Battle Corp
Hisao Takeda
as Samurai Ensemble
Ryoichiro Yonekura
as Samurai Ensemble
Tadashi Oiwa
as Battle Corp
Masayuki Yamada
as Battle Corp
Scott Wilson
as Ambassador Swanbeck
Satoshi Nikaido
as N.C.O.
Giorgio Miyashita
as Battle Corp
Takeru Shimizu
as Samurai Ensemble
Mitsuyuki Oishi
as Soldier in Street #2
Seiji Mori
as Samurai Ensemble
Lee Murayama
as Samurai Ensemble
Noguchi Takayuki
as Kyogen Player #3
Brian Ho
as Battle Corp
Hiroshi Watanabe
as Guard
Satoshi Nakamura
as Battle Corp
Shane Kosugi
as Samurai Ensemble
Shintaro Wada
as Young Recruit
Yusuke Myochin
as Sword Master's Assistant
Sven Toorvald
as Omura's Secretary
Takashi Yamaguchi
as Battle Corp
Masashi Odate
as Omura's Companion
Akira Koieyama
as Battle Corp
Makoto Hashiba
as Samurai Ensemble
Shimpei Horinouchi
as Samurai Ensemble
Kazuya Shimizu
as Battle Corp
Atsushi Ono
as Battle Corp
Yuki Kawanishi
as Battle Corp
Takanobu Kaneko
as Battle Corp
Genji Nakamura
as Battle Corp
Takashi Noguchi
as Kyogen Player #2
Chris Chin
as Battle Corp
Sosuke Ikematsu
as Higen
Shoji Yoshihara
as Sword Master
Jiro Wada
as Soldier in Street #3
Yuki Matsuzaki
as Soldier in Street #1
Koji Fujii
as Samurai Ensemble
Takeshi Maya
as Samurai Ensemble
Ray Godshall, Sr.
as Convention Hall Attendee
Mitsuki Koga
as Battle Corp
Shinji Matsumoto
as Battle Corp
Chad Lindberg
as Winchester Rep Assistant
Toru Ishida
as battle extra platoon leader
William Atherton
as Winchester Rep
Eijiro Ozaki
as Battle Corp
John Koyama
as Omura's Bodyguard
Hiroaki Amano
as Samurai Ensemble
Masayuki Maekawa
as Battle Corp
Aoi Minato
as Magojiro

Crew

Edward Zwick
Director
Edward Zwick
Producer
Tom Engelman
Producer
Marshall Herskovitz
Producer
Tom Cruise
Producer
Paula Wagner
Producer
Marshall Herskovitz
Screenwriter
Edward Zwick
Screenwriter
John Logan
Screen Story
John Logan
Screenwriter
Gary Capo
Cinematographer
John Toll
Cinematographer
Suzette Moriarty
Musical Arrangement
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Victor DuBois
Editor
Steven Rosenblum
Editor
Kim Sinclair
Art Director
Christopher Burian-Mohr
Supervising Art Director
Lilly Kilvert
Art Director
Jess Gonchor
Art Director
Yoko Narahashi
Associate Producer
Michael Doven
Associate Producer
Graham J. Larson
Associate Producer
Charles B. Mulvehill
Executive Producer
Vincent Ward
Executive Producer
Richard Solomon
Executive Producer
Ted Field
Executive Producer
Michael Smale
Set Designer
Anthony D. Parillo
Set Designer
Philip Thomas
Set Designer
Patte Strong-Lord
Set Designer
Roy Barnes
Set Designer
Adrian H. Gorton
Set Designer
Ann Harris
Set Designer
Samuel J. Storey
Set Designer
James Bayliss
Set Designer
John Perry Goldsmith
Set Designer
Kendall Errair
Costume Designer
Natasha Walsh
Costume Designer
Lucinda Campbell
Costume Designer
Sian Evans
Costume Designer
Cynthia Morrill
Costume Designer
Gretchen Rau
Set Decorator
Ngila Dickson
Costume Designer
Grace Kelly Lambert
Costume Designer
Michael Kamper
Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Title
Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Peterson
Special Effects
Scott Garcia
Special Effects
Warwick Yin
Special Effects
Daniel Gilmore
Special Effects
Phil McLaren
Special Effects
Brent Herrmann
Special Effects
Iain Hutton
Special Effects
Dean Clarke
Special Effects
Joel Blanchard
Special Effects
Charles Schmitz
Special Effects
Oliver Gee
Special Effects
Yukiyoshi Shimizu
Special Effects
Peter Cleveland
Special Effects
Jeremy Hays
Special Effects
John Fagan
Special Effects
Ken Rudell
Special Effects
Terry Erickson
Special Effects
Jim Fredburg
Special Effects
Dean Bushby
Special Effects
Karl Chisholm
Special Effects
Eduardo Lozano
Special Effects
Kim Derry
Special Effects
Ron Matthews
Special Effects
Scott Harens
Special Effects
Darian Lumsden
Special Effects
Alistair Anderson
Special Effects
Steven Dearth
Special Effects
Dave Booth
Special Effects
Lenny Dalrymple
Special Effects
Guy Menanno
Special Effects
Guy Feldman
Special Effects
Paul Verrall
Special Effects
Scott Mattson
Special Effects
John Mowat
Special Effects
Peter Zivkovic
Special Effects
Mathew Dunne
First Assistant Director
Nilo Otero
First Assistant Director
Mark Schilling
Consultant/advisor
Takeyama Yo
Consultant/advisor
Leigh Mackenzie
Camera Operator
Peter McCaffrey
Camera Operator
Tommy Klines
Camera Operator
Calum McFarlane
Camera Operator
Darrin Keough
Camera Operator
Mike Thomas
Camera Operator
Pedro Garcia Garcia
Stunts
Keiya Tabuchi
Stunts
Hiro Asari
Stunts
Noroa Poa
Stunts
Casey O'Neill
Stunts
Ryoichi Murakami
Stunts
Alaynna Davis
Stunts
Paul Wu
Stunts
Zokir Sultanov
Stunts
Ken Hasegawa
Stunts
Atsushi Morita
Stunts
Joel Kramer
Stunts
Shoji Sakai
Stunts
Takahiro Kudo
Stunts
Yoshio Miyaki
Stunts
Kenji Tominaga
Stunts
Kraig Kishi
Stunts
Taketo Nakamura
Stunts
Brian Imada
Stunts
Spencer Sano
Stunts
Paul Shapcott
Stunts
Albert Heimuli
Stunts
Ava Strong
Stunts
Tadashi Oiwa
Stunts
Al Eisenmann
Stunts
Akira Kamito
Stunts
Marcus Young
Stunts
Danny Le Boyer
Stunts
Kiwa Halley
Stunts
Dean Caulfield
Stunts
Patrick Shining Elk
Stunts
Shogo Ikegami
Stunts
Yoshiyuki Kubo
Stunts
James Lew
Stunts
Tadahiro Nakamura
Stunts
Yoshio Iizuka
Stunts
Daisuke Amano
Stunts
Akira Sugihara
Stunts
Danny Baldwin
Stunts
Kazuki Tsujimoto
Stunts
Al Goto
Stunts
Dave Foreman
Stunts
Duncan McNaughton
Stunts
Stephen Dunham
Stunts
Jean-Jacques Desplanque
Stunts
Kenji Sato
Stunts
Hiroki Takano
Stunts
Michael Li
Stunts
Kimio Yamada
Stunts
Tasho Ihara
Stunts
Tadahiro Shimizu
Stunts
Geraldine Jacobsen
Stunts
Shawn Orr
Stunts
Nobuyuki Obikane
Stunts
Lin Oeding
Stunts
Phil Chong
Stunts
Tad Griffith
Stunts
Mike Ching
Stunts
Motoki Kawana
Stunts
Moritaka Yoshida
Stunts
Jon Kishi
Stunts
Peng Zhang
Stunts
Mitsuyuki Kousaka
Production Manager
Victoria Thomas
Casting
Yoko Narahashi
Casting
Liz Mullane
Casting
Kazumasa Hayakawa
Assistant Location Manager
Mo Henry
Negative Cutter
Charlene Amateau
Costumes Supervisor
Jeff Pelton
Second Assistant Camera
Anna Behlmer
Re-Recording Mixer
Carol Pershing
Hair Styles
Paula Carswell
Greensman
David Ziek
Assistant Editor
Fred Selden
Musical Performer
Takayuki Mizoguchi
Costumes Assistant
Slamm Andrews
Recording
Richard Lacy
First Assistant Camera
Elizabeth Flaherty
Assistant Art Director
Rosie Miles
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Lance McCrae
Assistant Location Manager
Mariann Lee
Extra Casting
Alexandria Forster
Costumes Supervisor
Jessica Franks
Set Production Assistant
Kathy Lucas
Assistant Set Decorator
Jeffrey White
Visual Effects Producer
Brendan Treacy
Leadman
Doug Katau
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Alan Halcombe
Assistant Location Manager
Lisa Ozanne
Set Dresser
Jed Hooker
Leadman
George Marino
Assistant Location Manager
Gunner Ashford
Armorer
Parker Swanson
Assistant Properties
Ted Haigh
Graphic Design
Kyoko Kageyama
Production Supervisor
Brian Hulse
Assistant Location Manager
Basil McGahan
Greensman
Deirdre McKessar
Buyer
Kami Calevro
First Assistant Accountant
Geoff Ellis
Assistant Properties
Janis McEwan
Costumes Supervisor
Graham Dolan
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Josh Gummersall
Personal Assistant
Graeme Sang
Swing Gang
Victor Shelehov
Dolly Grip
Paul Stanwyck
Lead Scenic Artist
Richard Snell
Makeup
Al Laverde
Key Grip
Stacy Parker
Assistant Production Coordinator
Jiro Koga
Assistant Art Director
Seiji Honjo
Set Dresser
Lyena Nomura
Translator
Lyena Nomura
Set Production Assistant
Shikiho Yanagida
Production Assistant
Alexandra Bain
Swing Gang
Emily Wallin
Visual Effects Editor
Melvin Mete
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Martha Fein
Prosthetic Makeup Effects
Kenny Myers
Key Make-up
Eddie Thorne
Third Assistant Director
Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan
Second Assistant Camera
Kay Kimura
Art Department Coordinator
Todd Zongker
First Assistant Avid Editor
Masayuki Tamura
Assistant Properties
Cesar Angebaldo
Transportation Captain
Izumi Satoh
Costumes Assistant
Jenny Hicks
Assistant Editor
Jasmin Vette
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Tommy Klines
Steadicam Operator
William Acedo
Set Dresser
Kevin de la Noy
Unit Production Manager
Damien Kwockson
Dolly Grip
Nicole Abellera
Casting Assistant
Phred Palmer
Buyer
Luis Olivares
Video Assist
Vic Cuccia
Transportation Captain
Rachel Bracegirdle
Assistant Location Manager
Cedar McClure
Art Department Coordinator
Lois Burwell
Department Head Makeup
Rachel Musprave
Craft Service/Catering
Trevor Rudolph
Set Dresser
Sala Baker
Assistant Location Manager
Byron Connew
Swing Gang
Nobuhiro Wakabayashi
Second Assistant Camera
Wok O'Keeffe
Assistant Location Manager
Peter McCaffrey
Steadicam Operator
Victor Ennis
First Assistant Sound Editor
Miwako Morita
Production Assistant
Jeff Wexler
Production Sound Mixer
Marc Streitenfeld
Music Editor
Romulo Adreano Jr.
Visual Effects Producer
Neil Greenberg
Visual Effects Editor
Steven Brennan
Set Dresser
Alan Meyerson
Recording
James Morriana
Foley Artist
David James
Still Photographer
Dolores Clay
Musical Performer
Nerses Gezalyan
Foley Mixer
Pierre Gonzalez
Set Dresser
Andy Nelson
Re-Recording Mixer
Jim Samson
Set Dresser
Caitlin McKenna
ADR Editor
Duncan Jarman
Model Effects
Kathleen Rosen
Buyer
Tov Belling
First Assistant Camera
Murray Hartley
Greensman
Lisa Vick
Script Supervisor
Jill Soper
Assistant Production Coordinator
Rin Takada
Cable Person
Terry Fraser
Key Grip
Brett McDowell
Dolly Grip
Michael Krehl
Makeup
Kelly Oxford
ADR Editor
Giacomo Iovino
Model Effects
Tomofumi Nishida
Set Dresser
Ullric Raymond
Second Assistant Camera
Duncan McNaughton
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Brock Helfer
Set Dresser
Andy Hunt
Model Effects
Arwen Munro
Production Coordinator
Benjamin Hale
Musical Performer
Sharlene Heys
Assistant Location Manager
Kevin MacCarthy
Storyboard Artist
Casi Heath
Set Dresser
Naoki Noda
Camera Loader
Lisa Matsukawa
Production Coordinator
Anna MacKenzie
ADR Editor
Kristian Eek
Production Assistant
Don Coufal
Boom Operator
Jock Fyfe
Second Assistant Camera
Wonder Fortune Serra
Personal Assistant
Gary Capo
Second Unit Director
Neil Testa
Swing Gang
Yoshiko Suzuki
Assistant Makeup
Emi Fukuda
Production Secretary
Peter A. Ramsey
Storyboard Artist
Cynthia Thornton
Associate Editor
Tom Boland
Visual Effects Producer
Tracey Vickers
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Troy Putney
Personal Assistant
Kinu McCarthy
Set Medic/First Aid
Mari Imagawa
Set Medic/First Aid
Craig Argent
Hair Styles
Christopher Glass
Storyboard Artist
Bruce Tannis
Sound Editor
George Tsukahira
Technical Advisor
Jacquilyn Penn
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Eileen Gopperth
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Heather Moses
Assistant Production Coordinator
Richard Riwaka
Assistant Location Manager
John Markovich
Set Dresser
Nathan Wipatene
Swing Gang
Marc Siegel
Production Assistant
George Macri
Visual Effects Producer
Del Spiva
Assistant Music Editor
Robert Deschane
ADR Mixer
Bob Beher
Foley Editor
Mike McGregor
Assistant Location Manager
Craig Eastman
Musical Performer
Minori James
Production Assistant
Ray Quinlan
Unit Production Manager
Mitchell Dauterive
Production Supervisor
Tam Norris
Assistant Location Manager
Ollie Chadwick
Assistant Location Manager
Cindy Kahu
Production Secretary
Madoka Mori
Set Medic/First Aid
Alison Haskovec
Personal Assistant
Stacy Solomon
Production Assistant
Kim Taylor Coleman
Casting Associate
Sophia Cook
Costumes Assistant
Alan Rankin
Sound Editor
Jamie Boyce
Set Dresser
Randa Squillacote
Hair Styles
Bridget Brewer
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Mark Stoeckinger
Supervising Sound Editor
Ryan Quinlan
Set Production Assistant
Tulsi Cullen
Costumes Assistant
Clayton White
Assistant Location Manager
Michelle Pazer
ADR Editor
Sharon Ninness
Assistant Location Manager
Erin Cressida Wilson
Set Production Assistant
Tim Crosbie
Visual Effects Supervisor
Mayda Renizzi-Holt
First Assistant Accountant
Kazunori Makiguchi
Assistant Properties
Yoko Ishikawa
Hair Styles
Mikey Svitak
Set Production Assistant
Oscar Delgadillo
Set Dresser
Eric Napier
Assistant Location Manager
Allen Kupetsky
Second Assistant Director
Lil Heyman
Production Coordinator
Gunner Clancy
Personal Assistant
Geoff Pattison
Post Production Coordinator
Josh Breslow
Post Production Assistant
Neena Rae
Assistant Location Manager
Jennifer Barrons
Makeup
Jennifer Barrons
Hair Styles
Randy Woodside
Chief Lighting Technician
Lincoln Kupchak
Visual Effects Editor
Riki Otaki
Personal Assistant
June Kuramoto
Musical Performer
Roy Irwin
Set Medic/First Aid
Danny Romero
Transportation Coordinator
Joseph Pinkos
Set Dresser
Sharon Bardsley
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Jack Steinberg
Second Second Assistant Director
Harry E. Otto
Assistant Art Director
Emil Richards
Musical Performer
Nigel Nally
Set Production Assistant
Lynley Schollum
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Christopher Toll
First Assistant Camera
Christopher Toll
Production Assistant
John Roesch
Foley Artist
Orion Archung
Craft Service/Catering
Michiko Inoue
Assistant Properties
Terry Baliel
Key Hairstylist
Dave Degaetano
Construction Coordinator
Charles B. Mulvehill
Unit Production Manager
Ayako Nakayama
Set Medic/First Aid
Edward Licht
Second Second Assistant Director
Zoltan Elek
Makeup
Paul Flinchbaugh
Assistant Sound Editor
Will Waru
Set Production Assistant
Kirsty Fromont
Assistant Location Manager
Yukihisa Takagaki
Assistant Location Manager
Josh Ernstrom
Set Production Assistant
Steve Erdody
Musical Performer
Karen Kemsley
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Mari-An Ceo
Key Costumer
Martha Johnston
Assistant Art Director
Yoshiko Yanase
Set Medic/First Aid
Jeffrey Shortt
Greensman
David Topping
Swing Gang
Phillip Shaw
Production Assistant
Anne Bruening
Production Supervisor
Lindsay Tapp
Animal Trainer/Wrangler
Nicky Laguna
Production Assistant
Graham J. Larson
Post Production Supervisor
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