25: The Last Samurai

This week, Cruise shoots for Oscar recognition in Edward Zwick’s 2003 historical drama The Last Samurai. Is this an overlooked classic? How does it stand with the other historical epics of the 2000s? Has anyone ever been better than Ken Watanabe?

Content warning: violence, suicide, racism

Unanswered Questions:

  • Is this a white savior story?
  • Who is — or are — the last Samurai?
  • Should the movie be longer?

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