Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn,
Hiroyuki Sanada, Koyuki Kato, Shin Koyamada
in Japan during the 1870s, The Last Samurai tells the story of Capt.
Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), an American military officer hired by the
Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern
warfare. As the government attempts to eradicate the ancient Samurai
warrior class in preparation for more Westernized and trade-friendly
policies, Algren finds himself unexpectedly affected by his encounters
with the Samurai, which places him at the center of a struggle between
two eras and two worlds, with only his own sense of honor to guide him.