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The Last Samurai [DVD]

1.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Actors: John Fujioka, Lance Henriksen, Arabella Holzbog, James Ryan, Philip Notununu
  • Directors: P. Manneberg, Paul Mayersberg
  • Writers: Paul Mayersberg
  • Producers: Carol Hickson, John Karie, Joseph Goldenberg, Sandi Connolly, Sandra Connolly
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Pegasus
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001E5U9G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,403 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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On the pretence of a business trip, Japanese multi-millionaire Yasujiro Endo journeys to the African nation of Imtazi. In reality, Endo is on a personal mission – a quest to find the truth about a Samurai ancestor who disappeared in Africa two centuries ago and perhaps to find the true spirit of the Samurai he feels lies deep within himself. Endo’s search takes him on a safari deep into the wilds of Africa led by the mercenary Johnny Congo and his girlfriend Caro. As the journey continues it becomes more dangerous as they find themselves kidnapped by rebel guerillas. It soon becomes apparent that the kidnapping is really only a smokescreen for a covert arms deal where the only bargains that can be struck are with terrorists.

The Last Samurai is an action adventure film in which (in the tradition of Lethal Weapon and Above The Law) the heroes face a danger from within themselves that is at least as great as the backdrop of the African wilderness; Endo and Johnny confront their inner selves and both discover their true nature that is that of the Samurai.

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This is possibly one of the worst films I have ever seen. Do not waste your money on it - don't even rent it!
John Saxon puts on a terrible accent & acting performance... and this itself provides the only comedy in the movie (i.e., its laughably bad).
The DVD cover gives you the impression that there's going to be some kendo action in the film - don't be taken in by this as I was.
The film is boring... the script is nonesense... and finale consists of a Crocodile Dundee style rescue by actor Lance Henriksen, who has also seen better days.
Does anybody want to buy a second hand copy - free to anyone willing to pay the postage!
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In a moment of sheer stupidity i paid good money for this , surely one of the worst and most pointless films ever made , wooden , flimsy and without plot , reason or action .
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This must rate as one of the worst films ever made. The absolutely incoherent story line has nothing to do with the any samurai ethos whatswhoever. The opening kendo bout is totally unrelated to the rest of the story, which is some incredible kind of jungle adventure with an arms deal thrown in for good measure, all of it performed by third rate actors.
Anyone remotely interested in Japanese history or martial arts: avoid this boring disaster!
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not as good as i hoped
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92d00bb8) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x928a8e64) out of 5 stars INTERESTING PREMISE, INTERESTING CAST, WEAK EXECUTION 3 Mar. 2001
By Zorikh Lequidre - Published on Amazon.com
A Japanese gazillionaire (John Fujioka) believes that a samurai ancestor of his went to Africa to spread Buddhism and that his spirit is still alive, so he goes there to find him. He goes on a safari with another gazillionaire, an Arab who sort of runs the country (John Saxon doing a Maximillian Schell/Omar Sharif impersonation). He hires a borderline nutcase Vientam veteran mercenary (Lance Henrickson) as a helicopter pilot. Each of these men has a partner, For the Japanese, it is his loyal assistant; for the Arab, it is his beautiful but slowly dying American wife; for the American, it his young English girlfriend. They are joined by a former fellow soldier of the American.
There is some betrayal involving the selling of weapons to a rebel General (Henry Cele, "Shaka Zulu"), some surface discussion of the meaning of honor, and a lot of African countryside. The Japanese keeps seeing images of his ancestor. The General is played almost the same as the actor had played Shaka. The American has 'Nam flashbacks.
There is a kendo sequence on a beach at the top of the film that is some of the most realistic swordfighting I've seen in a movie. The film ends with a more action, but certain flaws in continuity and film making make it hard to accept what's happening.
The end of the film is supposed to be a resolution of the various issues that the characters had regarding honor, but the somehow the ambitiousness of the message is outweighed by the weakness of the film making. The script is a sparse, depending on brief profound statements. Everybody, it seems, has a brief profound, revealing, statement. The camera angles chosen for certain juxtaposed shots don't really work; make it difficult to follow the action. There are a few moments in the action where one can say "that's stupid. Why didn't he just..."
If the Japanese Martial Arts, discussions of honor, ancestral spirits, and African revolutions don't interest you, subtract a star or two. Otherwise, this is interesting to have seen once.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92caf168) out of 5 stars Boring. Uninspired lackluster script. Little action or suspense. 4 May 2009
By tncdel - Published on Amazon.com
For the first fifteen minutes or so I thought maybe the story was setting up to unfold a good storyline and action would start jumping off. But it gradually dawned on me that the story was just going to muddle on through at the same boring pace, except for a minute or two near the end, which, by then was anti-climactic.

Do yourself a favor, by buying something else..
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92dd5f00) out of 5 stars I'm still not sure what this film is about. 11 July 2001
By Tracy Rowan - Published on Amazon.com
Oh boy. I put this film in the "Can-I-have-another-hit-off- that-doobie?" category at Joe's Haus of Weird Film. It aspires to art. It is full of surreal images and inexplicable conversations. It's a Zen movie. You have simply to be, the film has simply to be. All will be revealed if your make of your mind a blank slate. Not.
Japanese businessman goes in search of his ancestor and gets caught in the middle of a revolution in Africa. Huh? No, really. That's what it's about. I think. I'm still not certain. Bottom line here is that if you try to take this puppy too seriously, you're doomed. I suggest that you put your critical faculties on hold and watch it as a nice bite of mind candy.
HASH(0x92caf8f4) out of 5 stars A pleasent suprise! 28 Dec. 2003
By G. Schaiberger - Published on Amazon.com
This movie really suprised me. Very well acted. It is one of the most beautiful display of the japanese samurai I have ever seen. It displays honor, courage, and fighting knowing you are going to die.
By Gram - Published on Amazon.com
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I could not watch this movie since the disc would not play. It seems DVD's made in Europe won't play in units in the United States.
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