The Last Samurai: The amazing story on which the film was removed known
• The Last Samurai: The amazing story on which the film is removed by the known
"The Last Samurai" - pretty good, though underrated film with Tom Cruise in the lead role. Like many other Hollywood epics, he is not the exact truth, though, and served an interesting and entertaining way. From the overview, you can find out just how much overdone Hollywood writers, creating an image of the intrepid Europeans who fought with the samurai.
Navy Matthew Perry (USA) arrived to the shores of Japan. A fragment of the picture.
For many centuries the Japanese authorities were not allowed into the country of foreigners, as European traders brought with them weapons and goods from around the world. Fearing the collapse of traditional values, the feudal government, the Tokugawa shogunate, to expel all foreigners from the islands, leaving just a small port of Nagasaki for trading.
It took two hundred years before the Japanese think about their lagging the rest of the world. In 1853, a large US Navy came to the Japanese islands, consisting of modern at the time of steam ships. Under the threat of guns Americans forced Japan to sign a treaty of peace, friendship and trade. It is not surprising that common sense prevailed when the "medieval" Japanese saw the latest military ships in their harbors. They opened trade by encouraging cultural exchanges in order to "catch up" with the modern era.
The young Emperor Meiji (Mutsuhito).
The French military experts before being sent to Japan, 1866.
The movie "The Last Samurai" cover interesting time and place: Japan, end of XIX century, the era of the Meiji Restoration. It was a difficult period of history of the country, when the feudal Japan became a modern monarchy modeled on the great European powers, there was a political, social and industrial revolution. Modernization was carried out in all areas, in particular the evolution of military affairs and reducing political and military role of the samurai - medieval knights fighting with swords and bows. Now, Japan has purchased in the West modern firearms. And to teach the Imperial Army officers were hired from the most "experienced" warring countries - France, Britain, the United States.
Tom Cruise in the role of Captain Olgrena.
The Battle of the imperial troops and the samurai. Screenshot of the game Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall Of The Samurai.
Hollywood has simplified the script for the film to show the samurai as a simple and good people, and Japan's modernization as something bad and depressing. In fact, during the Meiji Restoration, there was a redistribution of social classes. The new government abolished the caste samurai ruling cruel hand, and are engaged mainly in agriculture. This was the cause of the rebellion. In the movie "The Last Samurai" into one blended several uprisings that in history lasted for many years. Fictional leader Katsumoto was based on the personality of the influential Saigo Takamori, the last leader of the rebellion.
The Battle for Mount Tabarudzaka. Right Samurai, they have guns, and their officers dressed in European uniforms.
Samurai in battle scenes of the movie are shown with an entertainment point of view. The first battle shows how they skillfully wielded swords and bows to defeat armed but inexperienced army of Emperor Meiji.
The soldiers on the march of the Tokugawa Shogunate, 1864.
History, however, shows a very different side. While one of the first riots took place without modern weapons, in other uprisings used modern means of warfare.
The insurgents used rifles Takamori and often wore Western-style uniforms, and only some used traditional samurai armor. In the rebels had more than 60 artillery shells, and they used them actively.
The head of the uprising Samurai Saigo Takamori and his officers.
The imperial troops land in Yokohama and are preparing to go on a campaign against the revolt of Satsuma, 1877.
Imperial Army last Battle of Shiroyama, like in the movie, actually won because of superior amount (about 30 thousand troops against samurai 300-400). Last samurai suicide attack was as symbolic as it is presented in the film. Although Captain Olgren seems fictional alien character, he, nevertheless, has a real historical prototype with a strikingly similar views and actions.
Jules Brunet - French officer, a member of the civil war in Japan.
On the creation of the character, played by Tom Cruise, writers inspired Frenchman Jules Brunet (Jules Brunet). In 1867 he was sent to train Japanese soldiers used artillery. Since the beginning of the uprising of the samurai, he could return to France, but remained in this civil war fought on the losing side of the Shogunate. He participated in the glorious and epic final battle of Hakodate. The parallels between Brunet and Olgrenom show that the history of the first definitely had a great influence on the film.
"The Last Samurai" combines more than ten years in the real history of the short story, and the changing of the French hero of the American. Significantly changed the quantitative aspect ratio: The new government has shown "an evil and oppressive." In fact, it gave the Japanese the freedom for the first time in their history.