This assignment is going to be based on the film “The last samurai” from the director Edward Zwick and it will have the purpose of analyze the cultural transfer between the Far East world and the Western culture in the boom of both worlds.
To score this goal, we will follow a program that will begin with the study of the movie sceneswhich have important cultural transfer content in order to explain this various processes within the subsequent argumentation, that will try to achieve some interest conclusion.
1. Shelling the movie: First of all we need the synopsis of the film to understand the scene analysis. The film happens during the modernization process in Japan, whose government wants to end with the old military regimeof the Samurais, guided by the rebel Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe). The emperor of Japan purchases the services of the Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), an American military hero, to train the new army he is trying to create in order to compete with the Western superpowers.
The minister Omura (Masato Harada) wants to use the Captain Algren´s influence on the army to end with the samurai resistance.In a skirmish between the Japan army and the Samurais, the Captain Algren is captured and held in the Samurai hideout.
There, the Captain Algren will experience the discovery of a new life, that radically will change his mind, making him supporting the rebels, and fighting for them until the last consequences.
The strong friendship created during the captivity of the Captain between himand the Samurai leader, Katsumoto, is broken up when Katsumoto dies in the last epic battle between the modern Japanese forces and the Samurais. The Captain Algren is the only survivor of the Samurai warriors, and after the battle, decides to come back on the Samurai village to spend there the rest of his days.
After this brief summary, we are ready to focus on some scenes to study the culturaltransfer patterns that we can find in the film.
The first scene we are going to choose happens during the meeting between the Captain Algren accompanied by his subordinate, the Lieutenant Zebulon Gant ( Billy Connolly) and the Japanese Minister Omura, to discuss the conditions of the Captain´s contract.
Is the first contact between Algren and the Eastern world, and we can appreciate theindifference that he experiences for Mr. Omura´s purpose. He only accepts the job for the money forgetting the ethic or the values. We could say that this is a characteristic of the capitalist culture, so we have in here the first cultural trait that the Captain is transferring to the Japanese detachment.
Even we can say that Omura´s people are not the typical Japanese culture formers, insteadthat, they seem to be westernized Japanese people, so for them, the cultural transfer process is something that already has happened.
Not far away from this scene, we find the moment when the Captain Algren is introduced to the emperor. We realize here of the differences in the introductions and greetings. This could seem an insignificant detail, but is an important symbol if we interpret it asa conductor of cultural values.
After these introductory scenes, the Captain Algren tries to train the army, finding the language as a big problem. However, some tools as the body language, or the voice, let him be understood somehow, so we could assume that some facts as shouting, the facial gestures, how to move the arms or the hands, are independent of the cultural traditions, at least indeveloped societies.
Advancing in the movie, after the army training, we arrive at the captivity part, the longest part in the film and which in my opinion is the most interesting part.
It starts with a battle between the Japan army and the samurais, in which I would want to point the final scene, after Algren´s catch, when one the generals of the army, takes his life voluntarily in front...