Recently saw this Tom Cruise film, The Last Samurai. Had the writer and director worked a little harder, the film would have become a classic. Thankfully, they put in some ideas also into the film other than action and emotion.
I was really charmed and impressed by the Samurai way of life and their philosophy of Boshida. I began to think and saw a connection between a Samurai and a Muslim. It is all about discipline, truth, committment, and honor. The film says that a Samurai need not make a promise. Whatever he speaks is a promise, truthful and honorable. A Muslim too is supposed to speak only the truth and have a disciplined life. A Muslim cannot break a promise (but how many such Muslims exits anymore, I wonder). I imagined the Muslim fundamentalists (MFs) having a similar life of simplicity, discipline and determination. The samurai did it for their feudal patrons. The MFs do it for their faith. There is blindness in both the acts. Acts of faith, right or wrong for us, are acts of faith! The common people feared the samurais. For 1100 hundred years they served their masters. Then with the modernization of Japan, they became obsolete. They perished.
Tom is splendid in the movie. Good job!