I was talking about The Last Samurai with some friends last night, and we agreed that it was a film that showed remarkable restraint. For instance, the love scene could have been overdone and Hollywood-ized, but it was restrained to a single, simple kiss. How very Zen! And even Tom Cruise, who is prone to vanity and arrogance (ie: “OMG I’m so cool!”), held back so nicely in this film, and managed to portray a subtley complex and multi-faceted character. I think this film is destined to win a lot of awards. If I could vote, I’d nominate it for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Ken Watanabe as Katsumodo), Best Costumes, Best Cinematography.