Disillusioned after the end of the Civil War, American military officer Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is hired by the Emperor of Japan to teach his army the art of modern warfare. After encountering a samurai leader (Ken Watanabe), Algren begins to question the Emperor's attempts to eradicate the ancient warriors and, thrust into battle, must choose between his duty and his conscience. With Shichinosuke Nakamura, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall. 154 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish, French; audio commentary.