Human nature compels individuals to form personal paradigms and aspire to follow them; however, when personal paradigms conflict with social paradigms feelings of apathy and grievance will arise. In the film The Last Samurai, directed by Edward Zwick, Captain Nathan Algren experiences feelings of apathy and grievance caused by a conflict between personal and social paradigms. Algren’s conflicting paradigms spawn a transition from an apathetic demeanor to a man content with his personal paradigm and
The film, the Last Samurai (2003), directed by Edward Zwick, is modern retelling of a historic struggle between the Meiji government who wants to embrace Westernization and the Samurai, who are traditionalist and the soul of Japan, who are rebelling against the modernization campaign that sets in the late 19th century in Japan. The film however, centers on the character development of a former United States army captain Nathan Algren (actor: Tom Cruise). Algren is depicted by Zwick as a distressed
“The Last Samurai” is a film centered around the idea of journeying physically, spiritually, emotionally and mentally. We witness these journeys not only through observations of a character going through a personal transformation but a whole culture around him who is likewise in turmoil. This film allows us to join in on an adventure and journey of the character, the world he enters and the people he meets. The story is based on a time just after the Civil War, a time when the modern western world
The film The Last Samurai (2003) tells the epic tale of the ancient order of the samurai and their fight against the coming tide of industrialization. Who will they look to for guidance, courage, and strength in their final times of need? If you were thinking of an unstable, alcoholic, American Civil War veteran played by none other than Tom Cruise, you’re correct. In this paper I will argue that in its attempt to pay homage to Japanese culture, The Last Samurai ends up displaying themes of white
and Survival in The Last Samurai and Hidalgo In the 2004 movie, Hidalgo, the story of how a cowboy and cavalry dispatch rider, billed as the “world’s greatest endurance rider,” is challenged to compete for pride, honor, and his own survival in a 3,000 mile long race known as the Ocean of Fire. Likewise, the story of The Last Samurai depicts how a civil war era captain is charged with the responsibility of training a “modern” Japanese military force, and is captured by Samurai warriors in a battle
Directed by Edward Zwick, The Last Samurai illustrates the story of a former veteran of the American Civil War who finds inner peace at the center of Japan’s tumultuous struggle towards modernism. Nathan Algren, played by Tom Cruise, is plagued by his memories of his time on the American frontier, massacring Native Americans on the orders of his superiors. Having turned to drinking to alleviate his problems, Nathan is hired by his former commander, Colonel Bagley, and a Japanese businessman, Mr.