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Comments about the soundtrack for The Last Samurai (Hans Zimmer)

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Re: Pearl Harbor?
• Posted by: Phil   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at 11:56 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: Pearl Harbor? (Paul)

> I believe Zimmer did this because in Pearl Harbor that theme was used to
> represent the evil japanese on the carrier. In The Last Samurai this theme
> was played while the modernized troops where marching and firing their
> weapons. There for i believe this to be the evil jap theme.

Hi all,

Haha, that's an interesting name for this piece of music. But actually, this piece was "borrowed" from Pearl Harbor's scene for the Doolittle Raid (launching the US planes off their carrier). So it's hardly "Japanese" in that way, I think, but it still represents victory, triumph especially in times of battle or preparing for battle, in general.

And it's a really good cue (I used to listen to this often, as I loved the militaristic drums leading the way into a glorious finish). I was a *bit* surprised to hear Zimmer re-use it, but it was used well and really fit the final battle sequence. But I wish it was on the soundtrack itself so we could hear exactly how it was re-worked for the "Samurai" (out of curiosity, because composing/arranging is just fascinating ).


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  • Pearl Harbor?  (3702 views)
       Miyamoto - Friday, December 5, 2003, at 9:51 p.m.
    •    Re: Pearl Harbor?  (3598 views)
         Adam - Friday, December 5, 2003, at 11:38 p.m.
      •    Re: Pearl Harbor?  (3648 views)
           Thomas - Saturday, December 6, 2003, at 12:34 a.m.
        •    Re: Pearl Harbor?  (3538 views)
             Paul - Saturday, January 3, 2004, at 10:38 p.m.
          •      Re: Pearl Harbor?  (3648 views)    We're Here
               Phil - Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at 11:56 p.m.

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