R | | Action, Drama, History
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.
This film was inspired by a project developed by writer/director Vincent Ward. Ward became Executive Producer on the film, working in development on it for nearly four years. After approaching several directors (among them Francis Ford Coppola, and Peter Weir), he interested Edward Zwick. The film went... ...
They say Japan was made by a sword. They say the old gods dipped a coral blade into the ocean, and when they pulled it out four perfect drops fell back into the sea, and those drops became the islands of Japan. I say, Japan was made by a handful of ...
At the beginning of the film, the narrator says a "sword" was dipped into the sea and the four islands of Japan were formed. This is factually incorrect; it was actually a jewelled spear, called Ame no nuhoko and is detailed in the Kojiki, the book of the Shinto faith.
The opening Warner Bros. logo is light blue on a solid black background.
$2,630,243 (Japan) (5 December 2003)
$111,110,575 (USA) (4 April 2004)
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