The Last Samurai

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Discover the scenery and adventures that played the location to the Hollywood blockbuster The Last Samurai.

The seaside city of Taranaki is famous for being able to travel from the mountain to surf in just one day, and it was exactly that which drew The Last Samurai to the region to film in its diverse locations. New Zealand plays Japan in The Last Samurai, which tells the story of Capt. Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise), a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare.

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