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Last Samurai Official Movie Guide Paperback – 11 Dec 2003

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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (11 Dec 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931933634
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931933636
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.3 x 27.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,556,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gomless-gormless-gnomus VINE VOICE on 22 Feb 2004
Format: Hardcover
For all those who felt the power of the Tom Cruise movie this fantastic book will enable you to re-live and re-engage with the ethos of The Last Samurai. Superb pictures are combined with the most important pieces of dialogue from the film. This mix makes the book a treu philosophical gem, way beyond the nonsense of Satre and Wittgenstein. This book is for those who want to make things happen rather than theorise. Buy it and revel in the spirit of the Samurai every day!
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Great Coffee Table Book 14 Dec 2003
By Nick Jamilla - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book not a technically accurate in some instances, but a good introduction to a culture and civilization which is often unnecessarily portrayed as inscrutible.
Some military misconceptions: bushido is portrayed as a tangible code of rules instead of an ambiguous warrior ethic. They say that the Way of archery (kyudo) was Japan's first martial art and that it existed before the Way of the spear (yarido), which in turn existed before the Way of the sword (kendo), but the Way refers to peaceful applications of deadly arts, which are more accurately (though not universally) referred to as kyujutsu, yarijutsu, and kenjutsu. In another instance, it says, "ashigaru," which means foot soldier, practiced the specialty of "The Way of the Bow and the Horse."
There are excerpts from the screenplay, but they are far from complete and are used basically as side bars to David James's photographs which are stunning. Something that could have truly added to the book is a listing of credits.
On the positive side, the book does a good job of explaining Algren's flashbacks to the Sand Creek massacre, the production of costumes, set, weapons and armor. And of particular note is the training of horses for the film.
Beautiful pictures and insights into the movie, but almost as much, and in some instances, more can be found at its website - [...] Don't use this as a reference book. It was designed as a coffee table companion to a movie which Zwick, the director, himself describes as "literary fancy."
Almost forgot! Go see the movie.
Nick Jamilla, author of Shimmering Sword: Samurai, Western, and Star Wars Sword Fighting.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I found some mistakes. 19 Dec 2003
By YASUHISA KOMUKAI - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Yes, this is a good movie book. This book helps American people to understand Japanese history, which this movie is based on.
However, I found some mistakes in the Japanese translation. For example, the definition of Ashigaru and Kote are totally wrong. (Ashigaru should be Yabusame, and Kote is glove.)
I am really disappointed about these mistakes, because the movie is excellent and I could feel that all the staff tried to make everything authentic.
But overall, this book helps people to understand the different culture, which even new Japanese generation like me sometimes feel difficult to understand.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A masterpiece just like the movie. 18 Feb 2004
By P. C. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is filled with magnificent photographs and information of history contained throughout the film, along with behind the scenes info. The book also contains segments of the movie script.
An excellent companion to the outstanding movie.
19 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Terrific, colorful top notch book 4 Dec 2003
By John Pettibone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While visiting the magazine section of our local supermarket there on the shelf was THE LAST SAMURAI a book that certainly should be at the very, very top of everyones Christmas list. This 160 page paperback is in full color with outstanding photography from the film and a layout that should win a top book award. It includes the screenplay, behind the scenes articles, the history of the Samurai, and is a real knockout. Order it now. It's the perfect gift for that Samurai on your shopping list!
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Does justice to the movie--almost 12 Feb 2008
By Andy Rule - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This movie is incredible. It is film's answer to penicillin. I own (4) copies of this movie and I watch it on (4) different screens simultaneously. Except I'll start them at different points. Then I get to excitedly look ahead at what's going to happen, then look back at what's already happening, then back and forth, etc etc etc. This is how I usually spend my Saturday evenings and most every other day of the week.

Overall, this movie is a 6 out of 5 and that's being modest. By my estimation, the book is probably a 7 out of 6 (nearly as good as the movie). Those who don't agree better recoqnize.
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