Epic Action Drama. Set in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare. The Emperor plans to wipe out the ancient Imperial Samurai warriors for more Westernised ways, but Algren finds himself unexpectedly affected and influenced by his contact with the Samurai, which places him at the centre of a struggle between two worlds, with only his own sense of honour and justice to guide him.
This powerful historical epic was directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Logan. The film stars Tom Cruise, who also co-produced, as well as Ken Watanabe, Shin Koyamada, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada, Timothy Spall and Billy Connolly.