About

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

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Directed by

Edward Zwick

Written by

John Logan (Screenplay)
Edward Zwick (Screenplay)
Marshall Herskovitz (Screenplay)

Runtime

154 minutes

Country

Japan, United States of America, New Zealand

Language

English

Tagline

In the face of an enemy, in the heart of one man, lies the soul of a warrior.

Cast

Keywords

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Awards

Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Ken Watanabe

Oscar nomination for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

Oscar nomination for Best Costume Design Ngila Dickson

Oscar nomination for Best Sound Mixing Andy Nelson Anna Behlmer