I am a big fan of samurais and animes have portrayed numerous samurai characters who are able to split mountains in half (mind you, I’m not complaining since i love animes!). But there is one movie whose image surfaces in my mind every time someone mentions honor-bound katana wielders: The Last Samurai.
I have lost count on the number of times I have watched the movie. I bring up different excuses just to watch that movie with my friends, some of whom share my enthusiasm to watch it again!
The movie poses as a reflection of the situation faced by societies today; that of change and how the need for modernization in every aspect of life has clouded individual dignity and honor.
The world of the samurai represents individuals who uplift honor, integrity, pride and respect while the Japanese cities inviting modern weaponry and war tactics display the change in society towards the new by forgetting the old.
The life of a samurai protrayed in the movie teaches an important lesson; to abide by a level of integrity. I probably do sound like a preacher now, but i believe in the samurais code and their manner of life (not to mention their awesome katanas!).
Though what captivates you the most is not the message, but the story that’s compiled with so much emotions and heart that it probably is a bit difficult to hold back that tear during the more emotional moments.
The background score has been composed to tailor suit the film and I have the complete soundtrack on my iPod (Hans Zimmer, need I say more?).
If you haven’t watched the film, do so and if you have, do so again!
That being said, the movie is perhaps reflected in its initial stages during this commentary:
“They say Japan made by a sword. They say the old gods dipped a coral blade into the ocean, and when they pulled it out four perfect drops fell back into the sea, and those drops became the islands ofJapan. I say,Japanwas made by a handful of brave men. Warriors, willing to give their lives for what seems to have become a forgotten word: honor.”