Art and Philosophy in ‘The Last Samurai’ – II

 Quotes from the movie The Last Samurai are and very inspiring. After centuries of relying on hired samurai for national defense, the Japanese monarchy decides to do away with the warriors in favor of a more contemporary military. Tom Cruise stars as Nathan Algren, a veteran of the U.S. Civil War who is hired by the Emperor Meiji to train an army capable of wiping out the samurai. But when Algren is captured by the samurai and taught about their history and way of life, he finds himself conflicted over who he should be fighting alongside. Billy Connelly, Tony Goldwyn, and Ken Watanabe co-star.

Following are some of my favourite quotes from this beautiful movie:
Spring, 1877. This marks the longest I’ve stayed in one place since I left the farm at 17. There is so much here I will never understand. I’ve never been a church going man, and what I’ve seen on the field of battle has led me to question God’s purpose. But there is indeed something spiritual in this place. And though it may forever be obscure to me, I cannot but be aware of its power. I do know that it is here that I’ve known my first untroubled sleep in many years.

Nathan Algren

The Last SamuraiTom Cruise 





Emperor Meiji: Tell me how he died.

Algren: I will tell you how he lived.











Katsumoto: You believe a man can change his destiny?

Algren: I think a man does what he can, until his destiny is revealed.












Remember everyone you meet has lost something, is afraid of something and loves something. 







From the moment they wake they devote themselves to the perfection of whatever they pursue.perfection








During a scene in the movie Nathan (played by Tom) walks up to Katsumoto as he is standing in a garden in contemplation. He tells Nathan he is writing a poem and has been searching for the last line for a long time. Part of the poem goes:

The perfect blossom is a rare thing
You could spend your life looking for one
And it would not be a wasted life

At the end of the movie when Katsumoto is cut down and he is breathing his last, the scene he sees are the same trees in blossom, and the realization dawns on him. He states:

Perfect, they are all perfect.

As he realizes that all the blossoms are prefect, as are we and the world as a whole. The fault lies in our perception of it……

 last: Slide courtesy Sompong  Yusoontong


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