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    Default Just saw the last Samurai

    So are the older ways really better?
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    aarrrgghhh!!!! It Burns!! IT BUUHHUUURRRRNNSSS!!!!!!!!

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    Try putting it in butter...
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    mmmm.... Lardy.

    hehehe reminded me of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer starts using butter to shave with.

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    Default Re: Just saw the last Samurai

    Originally posted by hectokan
    So are the older ways really better?
    Of course.

    Look how depraved we have become in our political and spiritual lives. We hold to technology rather than the heart. Oh, for the days of simple wisdom and virile lifestyles of the likes of Yamamoto Tsunetomo who had these sage words of advice for us suffering the slings and arrows of modern life made corrupt: "...drinking a decoction of the feces from a dappled horse is the way to stop bleeding from an injury received by falling off a horse." (Hagakure, Trans. Wm. Scott Wilson, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1979, p. 67.)
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    Default Re: Re: Just saw the last Samurai

    Originally posted by don
    Of course.

    Look how depraved we have become in our political and spiritual lives. We hold to technology rather than the heart. Oh, for the days of simple wisdom and virile lifestyles of the likes of Yamamoto Tsunetomo who had these sage words of advice for us suffering the slings and arrows of modern life made corrupt: "...drinking a decoction of the feces from a dappled horse is the way to stop bleeding from an injury received by falling off a horse." (Hagakure, Trans. Wm. Scott Wilson, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1979, p. 67.)
    tried it, didn't work.
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    Default Re: Re: Just saw the last Samurai

    Originally posted by don
    Of course.

    Look how depraved we have become in our political and spiritual lives. We hold to technology rather than the heart. Oh, for the days of simple wisdom and virile lifestyles of the likes of Yamamoto Tsunetomo who had these sage words of advice for us suffering the slings and arrows of modern life made corrupt: "...drinking a decoction of the feces from a dappled horse is the way to stop bleeding from an injury received by falling off a horse." (Hagakure, Trans. Wm. Scott Wilson, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1979, p. 67.)
    This is just about a perfect summary of the movie. Good heavens, it was bad.
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    On the up side, there was some pretty cool Armor, weapons, and scenery............I just wish they hadnt consulted Ashida Kim for information on the ninja
    Crossbows and Stephen K Hayes swords.....
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    Originally posted by Kinteki
    On the up side, ..
    ...was some good acting, exciting action, and real pathos. I enjoyed it a lot.
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    Originally posted by don
    ...was some good acting, exciting action, and real pathos. I enjoyed it a lot.
    Indeed.

    And great cinematography.

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    Originally posted by Bustillo, A.
    Indeed.

    And great cinematography.
    Hmmm...Did anybody else find this movie really dark, esp. in the first half? Even the sunlit scenes seemed muted and underlit....or maybe it was just the theatre I was in...
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    Yeah, it did seem to have a dark, etheral quality about it. Perhaps to add to the feeling of this being the end of an era, and of course to add mystery and awe with the samurai rebels charging out of the darkness/mist. Overall I was actually surprised by the movie. I first thought it would have been just another Tom Cruise vehicle, but alas it had some good things and did alright in portraying the spirit of budo. The ninja scenes were a little over the top, and not very "stealthy", but I actually liked some of the swordplay between Cruise and his Japanese peers. I kind of enjoyed watching Tom getting the snot beat out of him. Of course had it been real, he would have been left with quite a few broken bones.

    The best actor though was definitely Ken Watanabe. Awsome, his expressions and everything reeked samurai and I think he out acted Tom by far. I'll have to admit he's probably my favorite Japanese actor, after Mifune. I'll have to try and watch some of his other films.
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    Originally posted by Shimura
    The best actor though was definitely Ken Watanabe....probably my favorite Japanese actor, after Mifune.
    Yes, I enjoyed his performance, too (as well as Bob's).

    Ujio, the character who beat up Cruise, was played by a fellow named Sanada Hiroyuki. He starred in a beautiful movie called Sharaku some years ago about the Ukiyo-e artist of the same name. He has a natural athleticism that the director made good use of in the film. I doubt that you can find it here, but I recommend it if you can.
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    Default Re: Re: Re: Just saw the last Samurai

    Originally posted by Daniel san
    This is just about a perfect summary of the movie. Good heavens, it was bad.
    Did they show a different Last Samurai in Texas than they did in Seattle?

    I thought it was one of the best movies in years, and the majority of the audiences here, from comments and reviews, seem to agree.
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