Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

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  1. Edward Zwick

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Marshall Herskovitz


  3. John Logan


Top Billed Cast

  1. Tom Cruise

    Tom Cruise

    Captain Nathan Algren

  2. Ken Watanabe

    Ken Watanabe


  3. William Atherton

    William Atherton

    Winchester Rep

  4. Chad Lindberg

    Chad Lindberg

    Winchester Rep Assistant

  5. Billy Connolly

    Billy Connolly

    Zebulon Gant

  6. Tony Goldwyn

    Tony Goldwyn

    Colonel Bagley

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 34m

Budget $140,000,000.00

Revenue $456,758,981.00

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Release Information

  • December 5, 2003
    R, Theatrical



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