Saw it today. I give it 3 out of 4 stars. It was almost like 'Dances With Wolves;Japanese-style'. Tom Cruise did a good job playing the disillusioned soldier. Ed Zwick is a good director. He has good technical ability but he doesn't have much of an artists' touch which the film really needed. I wish Asian cinema could make movies along this line. Instead of those dumb idiotic Kung Fu flicks. Where is the next Kurosawa when we need him? The Samurai? Man, they kicked ass. I know it was all movie swordfighting but still...it invokes a nostalgia for a lost way of life. Where honor was EVERYTHING one lived and died for. P.S. The swordfights are very brutal. Not for little kids.