The Last Samurai

2003 R 2h 34m DVD

The Last Samurai

2003 R 2h 34m DVD
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Nathan is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization, Algren soon learns to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them.
Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe, Hiroyuki Sanada, Koyuki, Shun Sugata, Masato Harada, William Atherton
Edward Zwick
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie has extreme and graphic violence with many grisy wounds and a lot of blood. Many characters are killed, including some we have come to care about. Parents should especially be aware of the way that this movie portrays the traditional samurai notion of suicide as an honorable choice in the event of a defeat. The movie also includes some strong language, alcohol abuse, smoking, and sexual references. One of the movie's strengths is its respect for the Japanese culture and its portrayal of strong and respectful relationships between people of different races and cultures.

Sexual Content

Sexual references.


Intense battle violence, graphic injuries, characters killed, suicide Nightmare material.


Strong 19th century language.

Social Behavior


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Character abuses alcohol, smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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