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Japanese Stereotypes In The Film The Last Samurai

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We are quick to cry racism whenever anther culture is portrayed in a different light in Hollywood. We have become so accustomed to what we portray is normal, and The last Samurai was no exemption to this rule. Japan has been given a less than desirable portrayal in hollywood since the end of WW2. The culture and ideas that were once prevalent in Japan have become the staple way of depicting this culturally diverse nation. The directors use of traditional Japanese imagery and themes (such as the Samurai and the Chonmage hairstyle that Samurai wore) further highlights the stereotypes Hollywood has created, and uses them to connect with western audiences. In the film, former American War hero Nathan Algren is sent to Japan to train an army of
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