The Last Samurai
Hans Zimmer

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This Tom Cruise war movie took huge box office receipts and is given a reliably excellent musical treatment by Hans Zimmer. After two years in the bottom 20, it climbs 10 places into the top 80 in the 2014 Classic FM Movie Music Hall of Fame.

Hans Zimmer's music for this Tom Cruise epic incorporates traditional flute sounds and many more Oriental touches, aiming to provide a perfect synthesis between Western and Eastern cultures. Which is apt, seeing as the plot was inspired by the culture clash caused by the Westernisation of Japan in the 19th Century. Not your usual blockbuster fare, certainly.

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