Analysis of “the Last Samurai” Film Based on Postmodern Theory

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Analysis of “The Last Samurai” Film Based On Postmodern Theory

Mauliana Dewi (090511100001)

English Department
Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences
Trunojoyo University of Madura


Films are made to be seen and heard, to appeal to our visual and aural senses. Like any art form, however, films are also meant to be felt and understood, to appeal to our emotions and minds. One of the best ways to determine whether a film has succeeded in any or all of these goals is to analyze the elements that make up the whole work.

Film is a medium of a “broader global patterns and frameworks, especially the communication industry as an integrated interacting whole” (Mowlana 1997, 97). It provides a giant mirror that serves as a reflection f the values, the half-truths, and he ideals of the society and its people (Whetmore 1997, 201).

Film can be devided into some genres. Therefore, we can know previously what kind of film that we will analyze and it will make easier to understand. The following are film genres according to the specific category they belong (Neal 2000; Staiger 1992; Walker 1992; Gehring 1988): * Setting :Crime, Film noir, Historical, Science fiction, Sports, War, Western. * Mood :Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller. * Format:Animation, Biographical, Documentary, Experimental, Musical, Narrative, Short.

This paper aims to analyze a box office film which has gotten a prestigious appreciation. It is kind of a war film, entitled The Last Samurai which is directed by Edward Zwick. This good film is a fiction film which presents a historical sense about Samurai. The Last Samurai means the last group of warrior in Japan. Based on the history, during 1872 was a period of reform in Japan that was mentioned as Restoration of the Meiji Emperor. And the reforms were included into:

1)      feudalism was abolished.
2)      political power was centralized....
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