The main protagonist and a Japanese woman begin to have a romantic relationship throughout the film; on occasions, the man would stare into her eyes while she stared back into his, contemplating a ‘deep’ affectionate passion for one another. They kiss once as well.


A man has his shirt off in a couple of scenes.
A woman is seen partially nude in a hot spring, her bare shoulders and legs being visible. Nothing explicit is seen. The main protagonist sees her as she is wrapping a towel around her body. His expression and demeanor implies that he is smitten by her beauty and is falling in love with her.
Other minor sexual references may be hinted through various lines of dialogue.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Purely from the perspective of film, it’s a good film. Especially suitable for westerners.

But for oriental people, it’s hard to understand.

After watching the movie, I turned over the books of Koizumi Bayun and Dai Jitao again.

The many views in the film are undoubtedly consistent with the former. No wonder Koizumi replaced the Western perspective. Although it is not without relevance, it is too flattering in some places.

Mr. Dai’s views are more likely to resonate. Objective notarization is thought-provoking and beneficial.

Of course, I am history blind and judge by intuition.

Just because it is also a contest between the old and new forces in the reform, it is generally barehanded against foreign guns and guns, which inevitably does not have the association of the boxers or the reform season.

But compared with our regret for history, the film is just upside down. Fight with the flesh, shoot with the guns, do unnecessary death, and denounce the reform of the national system with the martyrdom of conservative warriors.

What’s more, all the driving forces and witnesses seem to depend on the former U.S. military officer, Tom.

In the final duel, all the samurai were beaten into honeycomb coal, but Tom was shot twice.

It’s so scary.

The last knife was offered to the emperor with tears by Tom, who was still immortal. The emperor knelt down to accept it and denounced his close ministers.

I feel inexplicable in both etiquette and common sense.

Xiaoxue’s younger sister, unexpectedly, has feelings for the enemy, and her son easily gives up hostility, and finally shows the feeling of licking the calf.

The conversion is too and there is no foundation.

In addition, what is the samurai spirit praised by blood in the whole film?

Samurai is a waiter. At first, he was nothing more than the master’s close servant, a waiter with a knife. As the saying goes, home comes from slavery. Mr. Dai Jitao was right in his words: “the concept of Bushido is the principle of eating money and repaying kindness under the feudal system… In fact, the initial essence of Bushido is not out of what kind of subtle and lofty ideal, and of course it is not a special progressive system, but an inevitable habit under the feudal system.”

I can fully understand the samurai spirit of Shengyuan, because he was an imperial teacher and a genuine old-fashioned minister. He served the emperor’s master and his own family. However, it’s not clear why Tom makes a fuss nearby. As a westerner, whose minister are you and who are you serving? If it’s just to protect Xiaoxue’s mother and son, it doesn’t look like it. Besides, it’s more like chivalry.

The play vigorously publicizes that ah Tang is inspired by the honor of soldiers and hopes to restore his previous honor, so he can be infected by him in the rural ethnic groups of Shengyuan, feel calm and get salvation. But that calm power does not come from Bushido, from daily meditation, from Buddhism. What Tom realized, or what the editors and directors noticed, is not exactly the true meaning of Bushido. It can only be said that it is a beautified and purified Bushido.

Some people commented on the Internet that Shengyuan represented the power of the old shogunate, and the obscene minister was about the embodiment of Xixiang Longsheng. Because of this speculation, it leads to the sense of historical disorder of the film.

I don’t think so. Although Japanese history is unknown, Xixiang Longsheng, one of the “three heroes of reform”, is very respected by Japanese people in personality, which is mentioned in the two books I read. So there’s no reason to vilify him like this. Unfortunately, there is no further introduction. So he went online with questions about Chay’s life, and finally realized that Shengyuan was the embodiment of Xixiang Longsheng. The obscene minister with the characteristics of “Machi people” is about the insinuation of okubolitone.

Okubo is actually one of the three heroes, and Koizumi respected him very much. As an Iron-blooded Prime Minister of reform, he participated in the southwest campaign to wipe out the prosperous rebels in Xixiang. In addition, “at the end of 1871, a large diplomatic mission composed of principal officials of the new government with Yancang as ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and Okubo as deputy envoys began to visit Europe and the United States, which was an unprecedented feat in the world history at that time.” this paragraph is also consistent with the plot of the minister’s sending to the United States to buy arms, hire officers and organize his own army.

From the point of view of the battle of winning the Yuan Dynasty, it is not intended to reproduce the southwest war of that year. Here is an introduction to the southwest war, which looks like the final duel in the film. Generally, he fought back to the mountain, was fiercely attacked by gunfire, and finally vowed to die, while Xixiang Longsheng was finally shot and cut himself with the help of the nearest waiter. (some say they cut their belly by themselves, and some say they order a near attendant to kill themselves).

The previous plot of Shengyuan being secretly infiltrated and assassinated is also consistent with history.

Xixiang youth once “studied Yangming school and participated in Zen without Zen teachers”. Later, they became important ministers. After losing power, they returned to their hometown and lived a life of self cultivation and self-organization. And those safan generals who follow him are probably other warriors decorated by Hiroyuki Narita in the film.

If the historical background is really like this (not very clear, just estimate…) It may be possible to understand a little why the samurai army will die with the government army in the end. In fact, it’s not about Bushido’s honor of dying like returning home. In history, it’s not entirely from Xixiang’s original intention, but that the situation has evolved so far that it’s not enough to survive without a decisive battle, not to mention the name of the rebels at that time. In fact, the real Xixiang also has a private military academy. When the two armies fight each other, Xixiang’s troops do not fight with cold weapons.

The last Dao offering may be easier to understand if you use Dai Jitao’s words.

“What we should pay attention to is that the Bushido of the system theory becomes the Bushido of the moral theory, and then the Bushido of the belief theory. In the Meiji era, the Bushido of the old moral theory and the old belief theory is combined with a spirit of the reform revolution to integrate European thought and create a foundation of political morality in the reform period.”

This is about what the emperor extended at last: we should learn new things, but we can’t lose our original good things.

In this sense, it is very interesting and inspirational, which is applicable to Oriental culture. As an oriental, I really feel it.

This is also reflected in Japan’s ancient costumes.

It is said that the beautiful and gorgeous costumes in this film were made by the female stylist who made clothes for the Lord of the rings and her working group. It took eight months, with countless references. Sure enough, Meilun Meihuan. This Oriental beauty is really dazzling.

In the chapter of jujitsu in Koizumi’s book, he introduced his praise for the “songpingfeng front guard” of all Chinese clothes in the Warring States period. I think the samurai in the film are really magnificent when they come out dressed up. In some Neng dramas, these clothes are also perfectly reflected. Whether it’s a cold and bone piercing blade or a beautiful cloth, armor and soft armor. The beauty of this armor dress is also shown in chaos, but after all, it is not as dazzling as the new film, and the color is unique.

It is said that the carefully matched colors refer to the changes of the characters’ identity and mood. This is also why Xiaoxue wears linen light blue gray kimono and Embroidered Brocade belt at the waist when serving Tom.

As the only emotional focus of the whole film, this play shows the introverted and soft eyes of Japanese women in place. Just according to Koizumi’s book, kissing was absolutely impossible in ancient times and at that time. This is probably where western directors fit in with the audience’s psychology. Tom winked for a long time. If you don’t even have a kiss, it’s a waste of resources. So even if you skim the water, talk about victory and nothing.

Sometimes, I doubt that all the blockbusters this year have expressed today’s tribute and nostalgia for the cold weapon era.

Whether it is the best human weapon in Kill Bill, the plain duel in the Lord of the rings, or Neo’s beautiful weapon show in matrix 2, it is full of scenery and colors beyond imagination in martial arts novels.

Although the last samurai can’t move beyond the soul because of the setting of the plot. In particular, I learned that even if Shengyuan is the embodiment of Xixiang Longsheng, it does not mean that he is a real warrior. In fact, Xixiang did not fully represent the old samurai. The reason why he left the field was because he was a full foreign aggressor, and his purpose was to ease the domestic Samurai riots. At the same time, he hoped to conquer South Korea to solve domestic demand and take the opportunity to eliminate the redundant Samurai in China. If Shengyuan is not a martyr of pure bushido spirit, how can Tom get the power of spiritual salvation from him?

However, the atmosphere of the film lens, the sharp cutting in action, the gorgeous clothes and the reproduction of the Customs at that time have undoubtedly become reasons worth watching. As for Tom, it’s not important. It’s not the point. Although he is very dedicated, his spirit is commendable. It’s not easy for Western actors.

It is said that Shengyuan’s village was built in New Zealand. New Zealand has really become a good Zhuozhou film and television base. We have to shoot all kinds of plays.

Everyone praised Watanabe and Hiroyuki Shinda. Personally, they thought they were just natural performances. They didn’t miss or have many colorful colors, and their personality was not sharp. On the contrary, no warrior in chaos or imperial testimonies can see the divine marrow of the soul.

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