Turning Into Minority

The Last Samurai, an Hollywood movie, is basically a story of minority called samurais who are genetically from same race with Japanese. Actually what differs samurais from others is their loyalty to old fashion Japan lifestyle meaning that they ignore to “westernize” themselves. They are forced to live their lives under the pressure of government; that is why they are “others” for the state. In the movie, main character is an American soldier who was captured by samurais during the war and who was also healed by these samurais. Then this soldier rejects to leave samurais and begin to assimilate the traditions and the rituals of samurais. During this time the pressure of government got heavier, and a war between the samurais and Japan army became inevitable. In this war, captured American soldier supports the samurais and all of his fellows are killed by technological Western weapons

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In the movie we can clearly see how the groups are differed from each others even if they are from the same race, same religion. The main idea in this movie is to respect the rights of minorities. Once you attack them does not mean that you can not try to understand their demands. Samurais are seen as minority to Japanese because government does not try to accept their existence with their traditions. A lack of communication is also another factor causing the violence between different ethnic groups.  So the decision is up to us are we going to be a part of our cliches or are we going to try to break them.

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One response to “Turning Into Minority

  1. Pingback: Tales of the Samurai Sherriff (An exercise in thoughtful unreality) Part 5 | Excursions Into Imagination·

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