1) Japan. The end of XIXÂ century,Â Capt. NathanÂ Algren(main character), an AmericanÂ military officerÂ hired byÂ the Emperor of JapanÂ to trainÂ the country’sÂ first armyÂ of the rising sunÂ to contemporary artÂ of warfare. The EmperorÂ is trying toÂ eradicate theÂ ancientÂ ImperialÂ warriorÂ classÂ of samurai, in preparation forÂ a moreÂ pro-WesternÂ government policiesÂ supportingÂ foreign trade. Meanwhile,Â as a result ofÂ collisions with theÂ samurai,Â AlgrenÂ finds himself in the center ofÂ the confrontationÂ of two worlds andÂ civilizations,Â whereÂ the only way toÂ surviveÂ isÂ guided byÂ its ownÂ conceptÂ of honor. ) Nathan Algren: What do you want? Katsumoto: To know my enemy. Nathan Algren: I’ve seen what you do to your enemies. Katsumoto: Warriors in your country do not kill? Nathan Algren: They don’t cut the heads off defeated, kneeling men. Katsumoto: General Hasegawa asked me to help him end his life. A samurai cannot stand the shame of defeat. I was honored to cut off his head. Katsumoto: And who was your general? Nathan Algren: Don’t you have a rebellion to lead? Katsumoto: People in your country do not like conversation? Nathan Algren: He was aÂ lieutenant colonel.
His name wasÂ Custer. Katsumoto: I know this name. He killed many warriors. Nathan Algren: Oh, yes. Many warriors. Katsumoto: So he was a good general. Nathan Algren: No. He wasn’t a good general. He was arrogant and foolhardy. And he got massacred because he took a single battalion against two thousand angry Indians. Katsumoto: Two thousand Indians? How many men for Custer? Nathan Algren: Two hundred and eleven. Katsumoto: I like this General Custer. Nathan Algren: He was a murderer who fell in love with his own legend. And his troopers died for it.
Katsumoto: I think this is a very good death. Nathan Algren: Well, maybe you can have one just like it someday. 3) DifferencesÂ between the two culturesÂ of these countriesÂ are very strongÂ as weÂ can see inÂ the dialogue, Nathan AlgrenÂ protagonistÂ does not understandÂ what Katsumoto,Â the rebel leaderÂ says,Â butÂ only inÂ the beginning andÂ at the end ofÂ the filmÂ authorÂ quiteÂ clearly showsÂ how Englishman understood the ancient culture ofÂ Japan. In this filmÂ the bestÂ scenesÂ is aÂ heroicÂ death,Â let’s say,Â three hundredÂ Japanese who encounteredÂ by continuousÂ fire from theÂ guns andÂ howitzers.
HereÂ we are talking aboutÂ personalÂ valor and military honor,Â above all,Â including -Â devotion toÂ their rulerÂ orÂ lord. The humanÂ personality, which remains independent and free, even inÂ the moment of death,Â whenÂ madeÂ ?? a conscious choiceÂ betweenÂ fame and infamy,Â isÂ the main measure ofÂ value. And this,Â directorÂ showedÂ the viewers byÂ eyesÂ of the protagonist,Â a foreigner. The fact that heÂ has mastered theÂ culture which he didnâ€™t know at allÂ andÂ in the endÂ decided to beÂ for it. 4) Finally, I want to say that the main principle of survival in the harsh environment of foreign life is adaptation.
And I chose this film because there are clearly shown and gradually as the main character throughout the film get used to the Japanese environment. The protagonist, taken prisoner by samurai, gradually turns into a samurai. Contemplation of people indifferent to his own death, talks with rebel leader Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe), stating that the person who saw the perfect shape of a flower, has lived a life not in vain, a clear rhythm and strict rest of life around make from American captain a new man.
He understands why his former enemiesâ€™ absolute hero – not the one who kept the army and strategic positions, but the one who led a detachment of 211 troops against the two thousandth. And he understands why Katsumoto smiles happily when he heard that all 300 soldiers were killed SpartanÂ at Thermopylae; he understands why widow of killed by him Samurai nursed him after being wounded – killed for a fair fight can not be an enemy. And, realizing this, Olgren wears the captain samurai armor, stands in order of their recent opponents and comes with a sword against guns and howitzers.
Predetermined outcome of the battle, but it absolutely does not matter: death – only worthy end of life as a single ceremony of honor. Therefore, before the final battle, the protagonist offers a simple truth, which requires a long way to me: fate can not be change or submit- the fate amenable to recognition only. University of International Business and Economics The Last Samurai Intercultural communication Student: Farrukh Khamraev ID: IUP2010070 Date: November 29,2011 Beijing, 2011
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