Would you do this if given the opportunity?

United States
May 26, 2008 8:34pm CST
The character that Tom Cruise portrays in this movie is taken captive by the Samurai after a battle, and spends a long time living with them as their "prisoner". However, he is allowed to wander around the village rather freely, because they know that he really has nowhere to go if tries to escape. During this time, he learns their culture, and comes to admire (even love) his hosts. If you were given the chance to go and live with another civilization for a length of time the way he did, and learn their culture and customs, would you do it? I would love to go to one of those villages in Japan or China, or some other place like that and study them for a while. I would jump at the chance. I am sure I would miss my family, but I would really like to do something like this. Another thing I would like to do is to go to Europe and spend some time being a tourist over there. I know that I will probably never get to do it, but I would really like to.
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@ferdzNK (3213)
• Philippines
27 May 08
This is one scene in 'The Last Samurai' that I really love next to their last stance battle. The 'I want to know my enemy' thing, this one blew me. This shows how noble this people are, how dedicated, discipline and blend well to their environment. I can never ever have the right words to describe this movie, the plot, the cinematography, the dialogs everything. Every time I watch this movie I alway like to put my self in Tom's character. To be in a new world, to be with people whom I don't know. Pretty much like this myLot ... Yeah! it does look like this. Thanks GoldenEagle for this one.
• United States
28 May 08
There was a basis for the Samurai leader to want to know his enemy. It is wise to study the ways of one's adversaries. Someone said that in a movie I saw once, and I happen to agree with it. I can't quote it because I don't remember who said it, but I whole-heartedly concur. Soldiers who are being sent to the war in Iraq/Afghanistan are encouraged to study their cultures and customs...even to learn their languages. I saw the Samurai leader in this movie as a wise and noble person. He was a great combat leader, but he was also a great leader as far as his people were concerned. We could learn a lot to study the Samurai culture, or the Chinese or Japanese cultures in general, because they are unsurpassed by almost any culture in the world as far as dedication and discipline are concerned. I would love to go and live with them for a while the way Cruise did in this movie.
@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
27 May 08
Absolutely...not if it meant leaving my family behind. As much as I would like to see other countries and learn from other cultures, if my family were not with me, the fun would be gone, and indeed I would then become a prisoner myself.