The Last Samurai

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ISBN: 9780811225519
Release Date: 2016-05-31
Number of pages: 576
Author: Helen DeWitt
Publisher: New Directions Publishing

Download and read online The Last Samurai in PDF and EPUB Called “remarkable” (The Wall Street Journal) and “an ambitious, colossal debut novel” (Publishers Weekly), Helen DeWitt’s The Last Samurai is back in print at last Helen DeWitt’s 2000 debut, The Last Samurai, was “destined to become a cult classic” (Miramax). The enterprising publisher sold the rights in twenty countries, so “Why not just, ‘destined to become a classic?’” (Garth Risk Hallberg) And why must cultists tell the uninitiated it has nothing to do with Tom Cruise? Sibylla, an American-at-Oxford turned loose on London, finds herself trapped as a single mother after a misguided one-night stand. High-minded principles of child-rearing work disastrously well. J. S. Mill (taught Greek at three) and Yo Yo Ma (Bach at two) claimed the methods would work with any child; when these succeed with the boy Ludo, he causes havoc at school and is home again in a month. (Is he a prodigy, a genius? Readers looking over Ludo’s shoulder find themselves easily reading Greek and more.) Lacking male role models for a fatherless boy, Sibylla turns to endless replays of Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai. But Ludo is obsessed with the one thing he wants and doesn’t know: his father’s name. At eleven, inspired by his own take on the classic film, he sets out on a secret quest for the father he never knew. He’ll be punched, sliced, and threatened with retribution. He may not live to see twelve. Or he may find a real samurai and save a mother who thinks boredom a fate worse than death.


The Last Samurai

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ISBN: 1931933634
Release Date: 2003-11-01
Number of pages: 160
Author: Warner Brothers
Publisher: Time Home Entertainment

Download and read online The Last Samurai in PDF and EPUB Presents a guide to the motion picture in which a Civil War veteran travels to Japan to train the emperor's troops, only to be captured by samurai warriors, from whom he learns their code of honor and experiences a spiritual renewal.


The Last Samurai

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ISBN: 1118045564
Release Date: 2011-03-29
Number of pages: 288
Author: Mark Ravina
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Download and read online The Last Samurai in PDF and EPUB The dramatic arc of Saigo Takamori's life, from his humble origins as a lowly samurai, to national leadership, to his death as a rebel leader, has captivated generations of Japanese readers and now Americans as well - his life is the inspiration for a major Hollywood film, The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe. In this vibrant new biography, Mark Ravina, professor of history and Director of East Asian Studies at Emory University, explores the facts behind Hollywood storytelling and Japanese legends, and explains the passion and poignancy of Saigo's life. Known both for his scholarly research and his appearances on The History Channel, Ravina recreates the world in which Saigo lived and died, the last days of the samurai. The Last Samurai traces Saigo's life from his early days as a tax clerk in far southwestern Japan, through his rise to national prominence as a fierce imperial loyalist. Saigo was twice exiled for his political activities -- sent to Japan's remote southwestern islands where he fully expected to die. But exile only increased his reputation for loyalty, and in 1864 he was brought back to the capital to help his lord fight for the restoration of the emperor. In 1868, Saigo commanded his lord's forces in the battles which toppled the shogunate and he became and leader in the emperor Meiji's new government. But Saigo found only anguish in national leadership. He understood the need for a modern conscript army but longed for the days of the traditional warrior. Saigo hoped to die in service to the emperor. In 1873, he sought appointment as envoy to Korea, where he planned to demand that the Korean king show deference to the Japanese emperor, drawing his sword, if necessary, top defend imperial honor. Denied this chance to show his courage and loyalty, he retreated to his homeland and spent his last years as a schoolteacher, training samurai boys in frugality, honesty, and courage. In 1876, when the government stripped samurai of their swords, Saigo's followers rose in rebellion and Saigo became their reluctant leader. His insurrection became the bloodiest war Japan had seen in centuries, killing over 12,000 men on both sides and nearly bankrupting the new imperial government. The imperial government denounced Saigo as a rebel and a traitor, but their propaganda could not overcome his fame and in 1889, twelve years after his death, the government relented, pardoned Saigo of all crimes, and posthumously restored him to imperial court rank. In THE LAST SAMURAI, Saigo is as compelling a character as Robert E. Lee was to Americans-a great and noble warrior who followed the dictates of honor and loyalty, even though it meant civil war in a country to which he'd devoted his life. Saigo's life is a fascinating look into Japanese feudal society and a history of a country as it struggled between its long traditions and the dictates of a modern future.


The Last Samurai

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ISBN: 9780646439563
Release Date: 2004
Number of pages: 38
Author: Takanori Tomita
Publisher: Takanori Tomita

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The Last Samurai

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ISBN: OCLC:732746802
Release Date: 2003
Number of pages: 995
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Oba the last Samurai

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ISBN: STANFORD:36105038018508
Release Date: 1986-06
Number of pages: 241
Author: Don Jones
Publisher: Presidio Pr

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Oba the Last Samurai

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ISBN: UVA:X001105775
Release Date: 1986
Number of pages: 241
Author: Don Jones
Publisher:

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The Art of the Last Samurai

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ISBN: 1320865690
Release Date: 2015-03-19
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Author: Row Gebre
Publisher:

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The Last Samurai

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ISBN: 0773428283
Release Date: 1997-01-01
Number of pages: 150
Author: James Sutton
Publisher: Edwin Mellen Press

Download and read online The Last Samurai in PDF and EPUB Written in sonnet form, this epic poem explores World War II and the destruction of Hiroshima as seen through the eyes of a Japanese naval officer.


Samurai Revolution

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ISBN: 9781462913510
Release Date: 2014-03-25
Number of pages: 608
Author: Romulus Hillsborough
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Download and read online Samurai Revolution in PDF and EPUB Japan's dramatic rise from a political backwater to a great power; an inside look at the men and their times that shaped a nation. Samurai Revolution tells the fascinating story of Japan's transformation from a backward country of feudal lords and samurai under the control of the shogun into a modern industrialized nation under the unifying rule of the Emperor. Japan's modern revolution spanned the third-quarter of the nineteenth century; knowledge of this history is essential to understand how and why Japan evolved into the nation it is today. Samurai Revolution is divided into two books in one complete volume. Book I chronicles the series of tumultuous and bloody events between 1853 and 1868, collectively called the Meiji Restoration, the "dawn of modern Japan," when the shogun's government was overthrown and the Emperor was restored to his ancient seat of power. Book 2 covers the first turbulent decade of the restored monarchy in which the new Imperial government worked desperately to consolidate its power and introduce innovations that would put Japan on equal footing with Western powers that threatened to dominate it. The government clashed with disgruntled samurai who felt left behind amid the whirlwind of changes toward modernization. Highlighted is the Satsuma Rebellion of 1877, a failed samurai-led uprising that brought the end of the samurai way of life. As the first comprehensive history and analysis in English examining all the key players in this epoch drama, Samurai Revolution is the result of over twenty-five years of research. Throughout the book the author quotes extensively from the journals, memoirs, histories, and letters of Katsu Kaishu, a prolific writer, founder of Japan's modern navy, and later supreme commander of the shogun's military, who earned the epithet "the shogun's last samurai." These original translations give an insider's view, which along with the grand historical narrative provide readers with an unparalleled insight into this most momentous period in Japanese history.


The Last Samurai

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ISBN: OCLC:16328504
Release Date: 1978
Number of pages: 120
Author: Joseph I. Tsujimoto
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Samurai

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ISBN: 9780062202680
Release Date: 2014-02-19
Number of pages: 352
Author: John Man
Publisher: Harper Collins

Download and read online Samurai in PDF and EPUB The inspiration for the Jedi knights of Star Wars and the films of Akira Kurosawa, the legendary Japanese samurai have captured modern imaginations. Yet with these elite warriors who were bound by a code of honor called Bushido—the Way of the Warrior—the reality behind the myth proves more fascinating than any fiction. In Samurai, celebrated author John Man provides a unique and captivating look at their true history, told through the life of one man: Saigo Takamori, known to many as "the last samurai." In 1877 Takamori led a rebel army of samurai in a heroic "last stand" against the Imperial Japanese Army, who sought to end the "way of the sword" in favor of firearms and modern warfare. Man's thrilling narrative brings to life the hidden world of the samurai as never before.


The Last Samurai

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ISBN: 0451411242
Release Date: 2003-11-01
Number of pages: 256
Author: Dewey Gram
Publisher: Onyx Books

Download and read online The Last Samurai in PDF and EPUB Based on the screenplay for Warner Bros.' major motion picture starring Tom Cruise, to be released on December 5, this sweeping Japanese epic of traditions lost follows the journey of an American solider in the 1880s who transforms himself into a Samurai warrior. Original.


Shinsengumi

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ISBN: 9781462913589
Release Date: 2013-06-25
Number of pages: 256
Author: Romulus Hillsborough
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Download and read online Shinsengumi in PDF and EPUB Shinsengumi: The Shogun's last Samurai Corps is the true story of the notorious samurai corps formed in 1863 to arrest or kill the enemies of the Tokugawa Shogun. The only book in English about the Shinsengumi, it focuses on the corps' two charismatic leaders, Kondo Isami and Hijikata Toshizo, both impeccable swordsmen. It is a history–in–brief of the final years of the Bakufu, which collapsed in 1867 with the restoration of Imperial rule. In writing Shinsengumi, Hillsborough referred mostly to Japanese–language primary sources, including letters, memoirs, journals, interviews, and eyewitness accounts, as well as definitive biographies and histories of the era. The fall of the shogun's government (Tokugawa Bakufu, or simply Bakufu) in 1868, which had ruled Japan for over two and a half centuries, was the greatest event in modern Japanese history. The revolution, known as the Meiji Restoration, began with the violent reaction of samurai to the Bakufu's decision in 1854 to open the theretofore isolated country to "Western barbarians." Though opening the country was unavoidable, it was seen as a sign of weakness by the samurai who clamored to "expel the barbarians." Those samurai plotted to overthrow the shogun and restore the holy emperor to his ancient seat of power.


Filmanalyse zu The Last Samurai von Edward Zwick

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ISBN: 9783640128273
Release Date: 2008-08-05
Number of pages: 29
Author: Nicolas Hacker
Publisher: GRIN Verlag

Download and read online Filmanalyse zu The Last Samurai von Edward Zwick in PDF and EPUB Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2006 im Fachbereich Germanistik - Komparatistik, Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft, Note: keine, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: In dieser Arbeit möchte ich, wie der Titel verrät, eine Analyse zu dem Film „The Last Samurai“, erschienen 2003 unter der Regie von Edward Zwick, erstellen. Hierzu möchte ich jedoch auch kurz auf die Geschichte Japans, bzw. auf das Prinzip des Bushido eingehen, da Bushido das traditionelle Verhaltensmuster, die traditionellen ‚Benimm-Regeln’ in einem Wort beschreibt. Der Film beruht auf keiner wahren Begebenheit, sondern gehört in das Genre des Action- und Abenteuerfilms1 und gibt nicht vor eine historische Begebenheit nachzuzeichnen. Seine Macher können die Handlung deshalb frei erfinden und Personen und Orte so einsetzen wie es der Dramaturgie entspricht. Dennoch stellt der Film bestimmte Verhaltensmuster des Bushido dar, welche durch die Geschichte hindurch bis Heute immer wieder für das japanische Volk charakteristisch und letztendlich im Film für den Handlungskonflikt verantwortlich sind. Es handelt sich hierbei um Traditionsbewusstsein, Höflichkeit, Ehrgeiz, Fleiß und das Streben nach Ehre und Perfektion, sowie das Finden innerer Ruhe und Ausgeglichenheit. Im weiteren Verlauf der Arbeit werde ich sowohl den Begriff Samurai, als auch den Begriff Bushi verwenden.