Decorated Civil War veteran Nathan Algren (Cruise) is sent to Japan to train and lead the Emperor's troops in modern Western, gunpowder intensive, warfare to eliminate the country's remaining rebelling samurai.
Captured and imprisoned by the outlawed warriors, Algren is slowly swayed by their strict adherence to the honourable code of Bushido and, when the Emperor's forces mass once again, Algren offers to join his former captors in an effort to preserve their way of life..
Commentary by Director Edward Zwick.
Edward Zwick: Director's Video Journal.
The History Channel Documentary - History Vs. Hollywood.
Tom Cruise: A Warrior's Journey.
Making an Epic: A Conversation with Edward Zwick and Tom Cruise.
A World of Detail: Production Design with Lily Kilvert.
Silk and Armor: Costume Design with Ngila Dickson.
From Soldier to Samurai: The Weapons.
Imperial Army Basic Training.