In “Last Samurai” Tom Cruise goes into a visually stunning battle in ancient Japan. Also new on Amazon Prime Video: The anime adaptation “Speed Racer” by the “Matrix” makers Lilly and Lana Wachowski.
If you can come to terms with seeing Tom Cruise in samurai armor and ignore the fact that not every word has been put on the gold scales in terms of historical accuracy, you can experience two and a half hours of great cinema with “Last Samurai”. The historical epic is now available with subscription from Amazon Prime Video.
» “Last Samurai” bei Amazon Prime Video*
In a certain way, “Last Samurai” works in its thematic complex around cultural convergence like “He dances with wolves”, although director Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) is even more clearly oriented towards set-up cinema. And in the end, that’s exactly what the film thrives on: the pictures are phenomenal, Hans Zimmer’s score is terrific and the battle scenes are impressive.
That’s what “Last Samurai” with Tom Cruise is all about
Japan in 1870: Since the American Civil War, Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) has been extremely alcoholic and is no longer able to go about his everyday life halfway soberly. Nevertheless, the screwed-up drinker takes on the task of training the Japanese imperial army in the use of modern firearms. The aim is to kill the samurai Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) and his men. However, the impatience of the client will have consequences.
Because after it was thought that the army was ready for slaughter through the use of firearms, the attack on the samurai ends in pure disaster. The emperor’s troops are literally overrun and Nathan is captured. Katsumoto takes the opportunity now presented to him to learn more about his enemy. The two men slowly become friends …
A star-studded anime frenzy by the “Matrix” makers
Before “Matrix 4” hits the cinemas, you can take the time to take a closer look at the work of Lana and Lilly Wachowski. Here you can also discover the “Speed Racer”, which fell out of favor when it opened in the cinema and is now also available on Amazon Prime Video.
» “Speed Racer” bei Amazon Prime Video*
This is the film adaptation of the anime series of the same name from the 1960s. There is hardly any other film that defines itself as extremely as a 3D video game as “Speed Racer” – and that is quite interesting to watch. Even if one could get dizzy now and then because of the candy-colored pictures, the quick cuts and the garish anime flair.
Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is the youngest descendant of the Racer clan. His big dream is one day to follow in the footsteps of his successful brother Rex Racer (Scott Porter) and also to become a celebrated racing driver. When Speed Racer’s big brother had a fatal accident in a race, a world collapsed for the boy, but it also opened up a chance for him …
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