This story is basically Dances with Wolves in Japan, and, like Dances with Wolves, it was quite long and drawn out.
I must note, however, that I find the westernization of Japan to be one of the most fascinating times in history, so this review is totally biased in that regard…despite any “liberties” that were taken with the subject matter in this film.
Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe worked really great together.
Typical historical drama visuals.
I watched 2/3 of this one night and the final 1/3 the next. I originally wrote in my notes that this film was a little too long for its own good, but I somehow ended up falling in love with it during the final hour.