The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai
Author: Takanori Tomita
Publsiher: Takanori Tomita
Total Pages: 38
Release: 2004
ISBN: 0646439561
Category: Chinese characters
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai
Author: Mark Ravina
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-03-29
ISBN: 9781118045565
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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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

The Last Samurai
Author: Warner Brothers
Publsiher: Time Home Entertainment
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2003-11-01
ISBN: 9781932273304
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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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

The Last Samurai
Author: Helen DeWitt
Publsiher: New Directions Publishing
Total Pages: 576
Release: 2016-05-31
ISBN: 0811225518
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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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.

Oba the Last Samurai

Oba  the Last Samurai
Author: Don Jones,Harry A. Gailey
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 241
Release: 1986
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Command of troops
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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In July 1944 the Americans took the island of Saipan, but Captain Sakae Oba of the Japanese Army refused to acknowledge defeat.

The Experiences of Film Location Tourists

The Experiences of Film Location Tourists
Author: Prof. Stefan Roesch
Publsiher: Channel View Publications
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2009-12-16
ISBN: 9781845411855
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Experiences of Film Location Tourists Book Excerpt:

Within the last decade film-induced tourism has gained increasing attention from academics and the industry alike. While most research has focused on the tourism-inducing effects of film productions, not much has been written about the film location tourists themselves. This book examines the on-site experiences of these tourists by drawing from various disciplines, including geography, sociology and psychology. The author accompanied tourists to film locations from The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and The Sound of Music and conducted extensive on-site research with them. The results show that only by understanding the needs and wants of film location tourists can film be utilised as a successful and sustainable instrument within strategic destination marketing portfolios.

Touring the Screen

Touring the Screen
Author: Alfio Leotta
Publsiher: Intellect Books
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2011-01-01
ISBN: 1841505846
Category: Art
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Following the success of prominent feature films shot on location, including Tolkien’s wildly popular The Lord of the Rings, New Zealand boasts an impressive film tourism industry. This book examines the relationship between New Zealand’s cinematic representation - as both a vast expanse of natural beauty and a magical world of fantasy on screen - and its tourism imagery, including the ways in which savvy local tourism boards have in recent decades used the country’s film representations to sell New Zealand as a premiere travel destination. Focusing on the films that have had a strong impact on marketing strategies by local tourist boards, Touring the Screen will be of interest to all those working and studying in the fields of cinema, postcolonial history, and tourism studies.

The Shogun s Last Samurai Corps

The Shogun s Last Samurai Corps
Author: Romulus Hillsborough
Publsiher: Tuttle Publishing
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-03-02
ISBN: 1462922082
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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"Power to them meant everything. It was founded on courage, which begot honor. And by this courage and for this honor they fought to the death." The Shogun's Last Samurai Corps tells the thrilling story of the Shinsengumi—the legendary corps of Samurai warriors tasked with keeping order in Kyoto during the final chaotic years of the Tokugawa Shogunate (1600–1868). This book recounts the fascinating tales of political intrigue, murder and mayhem surrounding the fearsome Shinsengumi, including: The infamous slaughter at Ikidaya Inn where, after learning of a plan to torch the city, a group of Shinsengumi viciously attacked and killed a group of anti-Tokugawa plotters The bloody assassination of Serizawa Kamo, the Shinsengumi leader, under highly suspicious circumstances The final tumultuous battles of the civil war in which the Shinsengumi fought and died in a series of doomed last stands Author and Samurai history expert Romulus Hillsborough uses letters, memoirs, interviews and eyewitness accounts to paint a vivid picture of the Shinsengumi, their origins, violent methods and the colorful characters that led the group.

Roger Ebert s Movie Yearbook 2005

Roger Ebert s Movie Yearbook 2005
Author: Roger Ebert
Publsiher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Total Pages: 964
Release: 2004
ISBN: 9780740747427
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Roger Ebert s Movie Yearbook 2005 Book Excerpt:

A collection of every movie review the popular, Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic has done from January 2002 to mid-June 2004 includes the past year's interviews and essays, as well as reviews from all the major film festivals, his biweekly "Questions for the Movie Answer Man," profiles of leading actors, and more. Original. 50,000 first printing.

War in the Air

War in the Air
Author: Stephen Coonts
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2003-04-29
ISBN: 9780743464529
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Presents twenty-six real-life accounts of aerial warfare, including "The Hero's Life" by Captain Eddie V. Rickenbacker and "The Flight of Enola Gay" by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts.

Hip Hop Japan

Hip Hop Japan
Author: Ian Condry
Publsiher: Duke University Press
Total Pages: 249
Release: 2006-11
ISBN: 9780822338925
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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An ethnographic study of Japanese hip-hop.

Samurai of Dreams

Samurai of Dreams
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Kohshyu Yoshida
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN: 0615400442
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Samurai

The Samurai
Author: Ben Hubbard
Publsiher: The History Press
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2014-06-02
ISBN: 0750957255
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The true nature of the samurai warrior is an elusive and endlessly fascinating enigma for those in the west. From their inauspicious beginnings as barbarian-subduing soldiers, the samurai lived according to a code known as bushido, or ‘Way of the Warrior’. Bushido advocated loyalty, honour, pride and fearlessness in combat. Those who broke the code were expected to perform seppuku, or suicide through belly-slitting. By its very design, seppuku aimed to restore honour to disgraced warriors by ensuring the most painful of deaths. But as the samurai grew into large warrior clans, the bushido virtues of loyalty and honour fell into question, as control was seized and the emperor supplanted by a powerful military ruler, the shogun. Samurai tells the story of the ensuing centuries-long struggle for power between the clans, as Japan’s martial elite rose and fell.

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas

Exploiting East Asian Cinemas
Author: Ken Provencher,Mike Dillon
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2018-01-11
ISBN: 1501319671
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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From the 1970s onward, “exploitation cinema” as a concept has circulated inside and outside of East Asian nations and cultures in terms of aesthetics and marketing. However, crucial questions about how global networks of production and circulation alter the identity of an East Asian film as “mainstream” or as “exploitation” have yet to be addressed in a comprehensive way. Exploiting East Asian Cinemas serves as the first authoritative guide to the various ways in which contemporary cinema from and about East Asia has trafficked across the somewhat-elusive line between mainstream and exploitation. Focusing on networks of circulation, distribution, and reception, this collection treats the exploitation cinemas of East Asia as mobile texts produced, consumed, and in many ways re-appropriated across national (and hemispheric) boundaries. As the processes of globalization have decoupled products from their nations of origin, transnational taste cultures have declared certain works as “art” or “trash,” regardless of how those works are received within their native locales. By charting the routes of circulation of notable films from Japan, China, and South Korea, this anthology contributes to transnationally-accepted formulations of what constitutes “East Asian exploitation cinema.”

Transnational Asian Identities in Pan Pacific Cinemas

Transnational Asian Identities in Pan Pacific Cinemas
Author: Philippa Gates,Lisa Funnell
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2012-03-12
ISBN: 1136591559
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transnational Asian Identities in Pan Pacific Cinemas Book Excerpt:

This collection examines the exchange of Asian identities taking place at the levels of both film production and film reception amongst pan-Pacific cinemas. The authors consider, on the one hand, texts that exhibit what Mette Hjort refers to as, "marked transnationality," and on the other, the polysemic nature of transnational film texts by examining the release and reception of these films. The topics explored in this collection include the innovation of Hollywood generic formulas into 1950's and 1960's Hong Kong and Japanese films; the examination of Thai and Japanese raced and gendered identity in Asian and American films; the reception of Hollywood films in pre-1949 China and millennial Japan; the production and performance of Asian adoptee identity and subjectivity; the political implications and interpretations of migrating Chinese female stars; and the production and reception of pan-Pacific co-productions. .

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai
Author: John Logan
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2001
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Motion picture plays
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai
Author: The Last Samurai
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2003
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Compassionate Mind

The Compassionate Mind
Author: Paul Gilbert
Publsiher: New Harbinger Publications
Total Pages: 513
Release: 2010
ISBN: 1572248408
Category: Medical
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Compassionate Mind Book Excerpt:

The author of Overcoming Depression offers an alternative to the traditional western view of compassion, outlining findings about the value of compassion and how it works, and taking readers through basic mind training exercises to enhance the capacity for, and use of, compassion. Original.

Gladiators

Gladiators
Author: Ben Hubbard
Publsiher: Canary Press eBooks
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2011-08-05
ISBN: 1907795979
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Around 180 CE, in the lavish amphitheatres of the Roman Empire, trained gladiators entertained vast audiences by fighting to the death. Armed with a sword, a lance or a harpoon, the gladiator faced his opponent: a wild animal ready to strike, or a condemned criminal looking to save his own life. When the duel began, bloodthirsty spectators cheered, applauding every severed limb and spurt of blood. Ultimately, there could be only one outcome in the gladiatorial arena – one dead body, and one victorious champion. From the Samurai in Japan to Muhammad Ali in the boxing ring, Gladiators traces the evolution of one-to-one combat through the ages. Contents includes Emperors and Gladiators, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius, Nero, Who Were the Gladiators? The Colosseum, Spartacus Samurai : The Way of the Warrior, Wandering Swordsmen,The First Samurai, The Last Samurai Medieval Tournaments: A Day at the Melee, Bohort, Pas d’armes, The Jousts, Armour Duelling: The Duel of Honour, Sword Duels, Pistol Duels, Duellists and Duels Also includes Boxing, Gunmen and Fighter Pilots

Suicidal Honor

Suicidal Honor
Author: Doris G. Bargen
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2006-09-30
ISBN: 0824864514
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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On September 13, 1912, the day of Emperor Meiji’s funeral, General Nogi Maresuke committed ritual suicide by seppuku (disembowelment). It was an act of delayed atonement that paid a debt of honor incurred thirty-five years earlier. The revered military hero’s wife joined in his act of junshi ("following one’s lord into death"). The violence of their double suicide shocked the nation. What had impelled the general and his wife, on the threshold of a new era, to resort so drastically, so dramatically, to this forbidden, anachronistic practice? The nation was divided. There were those who saw the suicides as a heroic affirmation of the samurai code; others found them a cause for embarrassment, a sign that Japan had not yet crossed the cultural line separating tradition from modernity. While acknowledging the nation’s sharply divided reaction to the Nogis’ junshi as a useful indicator of the event’s seismic impact on Japanese culture, Doris G. Bargen in the first half of her book demonstrates that the deeper significance of Nogi’s action must be sought in his personal history, enmeshed as it was in the tumultuous politics of the Meiji period. Suicidal Honor traces Nogi’s military career (and personal travail) through the armed struggles of the collapsing shôgunate and through the two wars of imperial conquest during which Nogi played a significant role: the Sino-Japanese War (1894–1895) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904–1905). It also probes beneath the political to explore the religious origins of ritual self-sacrifice in cultures as different as ancient Rome and today’s Nigeria. Seen in this context, Nogi’s death was homage to the divine emperor. But what was the significance of Nogi’s waiting thirty-five years before he offered himself as a human sacrifice to a dead rather than living deity? To answer this question, Bargen delves deeply and with great insight into the story of Nogi’s conflicted career as a military hero who longed to be a peaceful man of letters. In the second half of Suicidal Honor Bargen turns to the extraordinary influence of the Nogis’ deaths on two of Japan’s greatest writers, Mori Ôgai and Natsume Sôseki. Ôgai’s historical fiction, written in the immediate aftermath of his friend’s junshi, is a profound meditation on the significance of ritual suicide in a time of historical transition. Stories such as "The Sakai Incident" ("Sakai jiken") appear in a new light and with greatly enhanced resonance in Bargen’s interpretation. In Sôseki’s masterpiece, Kokoro, Sensei, the protagonist, refers to the emperor’s death and his general’s junshi before taking his own life. Scholars routinely mention these references, but Bargen demonstrates convincingly the uncanny ways in which Sôseki’s agonized response to Nogi’s suicide structures the entire novel. By exploring the historical and literary legacies of Nogi, Ôgai, and Sôseki from an interdisciplinary perspective, Suicidal Honor illuminates Japan’s prolonged and painful transition from the idealized heroic world of samurai culture to the mundane anxieties of modernity. It is a study that will fascinate specialists in the fields of Japanese literature, history, and religion, and anyone seeking a deeper understanding of Japan’s warrior culture.