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

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Re: Gladiator or Samurai
• Posted by: movie_Fan
• Date: Friday, January 9, 2004, at 7:27 a.m.
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• In Response to: Gladiator or Samurai (Henk)

> Hey everyone,

> in the review The Last Samurai is compared a lot to Gladiator, and the
> opinion in the review is that Samurai is much better than GLadiator...

> I don't agree with that:
-altough the action music in Gladiator is a
> bit rough, after listening a couple of times, I really like these
> secenses.
-the themes in Gladiator are much stronger and are played
> much more heroic. Maybe that comes that Gladiator is much more a
> Hero-story than Samurai, but we are talking about the soundtrack...
-Samurai is a bit soft and slow at the beginning of the soundtrack,
> while Gladiator's first real actionmusic is already the thirf track of the
> CD...

> What are your opinions?

i wouldn't actually compare it with gladiator alone. in the story sense (where nathan algren actually befriends the samurai), this is abit like dances with wolves. in the action sense, this is abit like braveheart rather than gladiator and has bits and pieces of popular anime titles such as samurai x (or rurouni kenshin) and ninja scroll. in the music sense, this is the japanese alternative clone of the gladiator score in a sense that it uses zimmer's trademark electronics but this music is more listenable. it is true that if you listen to gladiator's action music alone (like only the soundtrack)it will sound more like heavy metal rock music but don't foget that music in films accompany the mood of the film so the mood obviouly in the war scenes are all about violence. so it is actually necesary to score it with "disturbing music". the last samurai meanwhile is not like gladiator but more about the character's inner confilcts and his own definition of honor. so the music here is less noisy and more listenable for all.
(whew! thats a lot of said words!)

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  • Gladiator or Samurai  (3192 views)
       Henk - Monday, December 15, 2003, at 12:35 a.m.
    •      Re: Gladiator or Samurai  (3345 views)    We're Here
         movie_Fan - Friday, January 9, 2004, at 7:27 a.m.

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