On this episode, we travel back to 19th century Japan to answer one of the burning questions of our time: Tom Cruise is really the last samurai? We're joined by the our very first international guest, the super talented Barathan Vidhyapathy of the FOCAL channel on Youtube to discuss Edward Zwick's historical drama The Last Samurai (2003).
So much to get into. Was Kevin Costner looking at this movie like Soulja Boy was looking at Drake? What was the point of Taka's character? Who was the last samurai, and does it even matter if the film is only concerned with if Algren can overcome his past and not...you know, Japan as a country.
We also talk about how this movie is nowhere close to historically accurate, how we could remake it without Algren, and Cameron embraces the void!
Movies to watch: Yojimbo, Seven Samurai, Mifune: The Last Samurai
Barathan is very cool and has so many cool things going on. Check out his YouTube channel here for great video essays on stuff like Temple of Doom and Mad Max. Also support the Patreon here.
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