If you haven't seen this outstanding story about the ending of the samurai era in 1800s Japan, then you have spent the last 15 years "in a great shame."
The film follows the story of a disgraced war hero who is seeking redemption when he is brought in to help crush the resistant forces to modernism in Japan.
Tom Cruise plays American Captain Nathan Algren, who is captured by a band of warriors who believe their emperor is being manipulated. Algren finds a newfound respect for the resistance and it's leader, Katsumoto, and discovers a cause worth fighting for again.
It is an epic war story, with two and a half hours of gritty fight scenes, beautiful scenery, and tied to a heart-wrenching tale of loyalty and determination in the face of failure.
The movie took years to produce, and everyone on the cast, crew, writing, and directing team paid special attention to the details in order to make sure the production was accurate, and respectful.