Nathan Algren: Film Analysis

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The film continued to convey untrue information as the story progressed. Soon after Algren agreed to aid the Emperor in training the Imperial Army, he left for Japan. The second scene filmed in Japan was of Captain Nathan Algren meeting the Emperor (Source 2). The first notable inaccuracy in this scene was the age of the Imperial Lord. The actor appears to be eighteen or nineteen years old. However, during the Meji period, the Emperor of Japan was only fifteen years old (Source 5). The film went on to incorrectly portray the Emperor as he spoke directly to Nathan Algren after inviting him into his throne-room (Source 2). This was a completely false interpretation of the young Emperor as he was unable to speak English at all, yet, in the film, he addresses Captain Algren in English (Source 17). Furthermore, it was essential that an appointment was made in order to address the Emperor, yet, Algren is introduced to the Imperial Lord on the same day that he arrived in Japan (Source 12). Therefore the film introduced further contradictions of historical truths.…show more content…
The inaccuracy in this instance is that Nathan Algren is a fictional character (Source 5). Therefore, by dubbing Nathan Algren The Last Samurai in the film, the director intentionally distorted history. Captain Nathan Algren was purely used as a source of entertainment for the Western world (Source 1). This hypothesis was drawn from the fact that the true Last Samurai in 19th century Japan, was Takamori Saigo, who was the inspiration for Katsumoto’s character in the film (Source 16). This meant that the director purposefully titled Captain Nathan Algren incorrectly as Katsumoto should have been seen as The Last Samurai (Source 17) (Source 5). Therefore, simply by introducing the main character, the film is historically
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