February 1st, 2004

The Last Samurai


Just finish watching the Last Samurai and love it. I was expecting a silly Hollywood interpretation of feudral japan but the show surprise me.

The scenery settings are beautiful and the swordplay are elegant (looks like authentic bushido). The war scenes are engaging and excitment. Most important of all, it illustrate the Way of the Samurai; Honor, Bravery, Loyality, Sword, Killing, Mediation, Self-Awareness, etc. And like Zen, never really so.

And when Katsumoto-san commit hara-kiri in the middle of battlefield, you can sense the honor and pride in that action. Even those who don’t understand hara-kiri will appreciate it…

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