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The Last Samurai
(2003)
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Composed, Arranged, and Produced by:

Conducted and Additional Programming by:
Blake Neely

Additional Programming by:
Geoff Zanelli
Trevor Morris
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Elektra/Warner
(November 25th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Nominated for a Golden Globe.
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Buy it... if you seek a score that exists within Hans Zimmer's comfortable methodology but also utilizes a variety of native specialty instruments to infuse life into that equation.

Avoid it... if you have any qualms about Zimmer's technique of mixing his predictably melodramatic structures so heavily in the bass region that the resulting sound, as with Gladiator, dwells too close to the realm of the synthetic.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #60
WRITTEN 11/15/03, REVISED 3/14/09
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The Last Samurai: (Hans Zimmer) Director and producer Edward Zwick offered his fair share of Academy Award-caliber films throughout the late 1980's and 1990's. For The Last Samurai, Zwick presented a fresh and redeeming story of an American Civil War captain who is hired by the Emperor of Japan to help train and modernize the Japanese military so that it can wipe out the remaining Samurai warriors and make Japan into a more Westernized, trade-friendly nation. As this captain (Tom Cruise) learns more about the Samurai during the process of preparing for their eradication, he becomes affected by their mentality and bravery, and he is thus caught in a conflict of interest that would lead him to learn the ways of the Samurai himself. With the best-known Zwick films including Glory, Legends of the Fall, and Courage Under Fire, fans and industry professionals speculated about the absence of composer James Horner from the production team on The Last Samurai. But with Horner tied to four films to be released at the same time as The Last Samurai in late 2003, however, he would have been unavailable for the project, and a now equally-respected Hans Zimmer was hired for the ethnically charged, melodramatic score. Zimmer's marketability had reached its maturation, and the composer, whether with or without the assistance of his associates at his Media Ventures organization, had proven his interest time and time again in exploring new genres of music. For the location and subject matter of The Last Samurai, Zimmer would venture to the historical Far East, a realm that he had seldom developed in his music during his varied career. Many people seemed to have expected The Last Samurai to be a Japanese version of Gladiator, and in its most basic genre characteristics (and Zimmer's method of mixing his recordings), that may have been the result. But The Last Samurai is a film deep in contemplation and considerable reflection, thus restraining the amount of forceful energy that Zimmer could infuse into it.



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Average: 3.72 Stars
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Last Samurai
Nick - July 19, 2006, at 1:58 a.m.
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Looking For A Song...??
Werdna - February 27, 2006, at 6:50 a.m.
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Extra song
FTS - February 16, 2006, at 3:10 p.m.
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Song when Samurai's enter Tokyo?   Expand >>
jay - December 10, 2005, at 1:56 p.m.
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last samurai music in memoirs of a geisha   Expand >>
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 59:45
• 1. A Way of Life (8:03)
• 2. Spectres in the Fog (4:07)
• 3. Taken (3:35)
• 4. A Hard Teacher (5:44)
• 5. To Know My Enemy (4:48)
• 6. Idyll's End (6:40)
• 7. Safe Passage (4:56)
• 8. Ronin (1:53)
• 9. Red Warrior (3:56)
• 10. The Way of the Sword (7:59)
• 11. A Small Measure of Peace (7:59)

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The insert includes no extra information about the score or film. The CD is an enhanced product with a website link that initially lead to photos, trailers, and production material.
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