An American captain, suffering from PTSD-induced nightmares so bad he became alcoholic, is brought back into the trade as a consultant and trainer to suppress the civil war in Japan and fight against its old warrior class, the samurai.
Dare I say this is one of the greats. It has various classic elements without being tiring and obvious, and maintains a great pace and tone.
- 0:30 -- Japanese creation myth
- 2:30 -- Oh my god, that's Professor Jerry Hathaway, from Real Genius - (1985 movie), played by William Atherton.
- 4:15 -- (sensible chuckle)
- 5:00 -- Winchester rifle
- 8:00 -- Katsumoto Morito is fictional.
- 10:15 -- July 12th, 1876
- 18:15 -- Scalping
- 34:30 -- It's unlikely the roof would leak like that.
- 40:30 -- Judo
- 42:00 -- Buddhist temple
- 50:00 -- Introduction of Bob.
- 1:14:00 -- Bushido. See also Bushido - (1924 book), by Minoru Tanaka
- 1:14:30 -- Aren't they suppose to have been snowed-in?
1:19:45 -- Howitzer
- I don't remember what the machine guns are called.
- 1:25:50 -- That guy on the right doesn't even look remotely Japanese..
- 1:38:00 -- Do arrows strike with enough force to knock people around like that?
- 1:45:30 -- Battle of Thermopylae
- 1:47:30 -- The camera-panning really mucked up that dawn moment.
- 1:48:15 -- Disrobing-porn.
- 1:53:30 -- Going Native
2:10:30 -- Wasn't our hero shot in the leg? Nothing seems to have come of it. Even now he's able to ride freely.