Stars: George Clooney, Nicole Kidman
Genre: Action, Thriller
Rating: R (Restricted)
Runtime: 128 minutes
Set during the troubled times between the arrival of Admiral Perry in 1853 and the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Peace Maker (2003) feels like a prequel to Rurouni Kenshin. Tetsunosuke "Tetsu" Ichimura has sworn to avenge the murder of his parents by anti-Tokugawa agents. He's determined to join the Shinsengumi, a group of ronin (masterless samurai) the Shogun organized to protect the capitol. At 15, Tetsu is brash, stubborn, and impetuous: qualities that bring him into conflict with the iron discipline of vice-commander Hijikata. But Tetsu's resolute spirit charms the effete swordsman Souji Okita, who intercedes with Hijikata: The Shinsengumi warriors conceal their deadly skills behind goofy behavior. Although Tetsu can be annoying, Peace Maker has an historic sweep that is difficult to resist. Many of the characters and incidents are based in fact, although the filmmakers take considerable liberties. (Rated 15 and older: violence, tobacco use, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon
Doctor, you can run your charts and your theories all you want. In the field, this is how it works: the good guys, that's us, we chase the bad guys. And they don't wear black hats. They are, however, all alike: they demand power, and respect, and they're willing to pay top dollar to get it. And that is our highly motivated buyer.
What about other motivations?
Not important to me.
Whether it's important to you or not, there are people out there who don't care about money, who don't give a damn about respect. People who believe the killing of innocent men and women is justified. For them it is about rage, frustration, hatred... they feel pain and they're determined to share it with the world.
Okay, that does me no good. Now let's deal with the facts at hand. 23 hours ago, General Alexander Kodoroff stole ten nuclear warheads.
He's just a delivery boy. I'm not afraid of the man who wants ten nuclear weapons, Colonel. I'm terrified of the man who only wants one.
You will look at what I have done and say, Of course - why not - they are all animals. They have slaughtered each other for centuries. But the truth is, I'm not a monster. I'm a human man - I'm just like you, whether you like it or not. For years, we have tried to live together, until a war was waged on us, on all of us: a war waged by our own leaders. And who supplied the Serb cluster bombs, the Croatian tanks, the Muslim artillery shells that killed our sons and daughters? It was the governments of the West who drew the boundaries of our countries - sometimes in ink, sometimes in blood - the blood of our people. And now you dispatch your peacekeepers to write our destiny again. We can never accept this peace that leaves us with nothing but pain, pain the peacemakers must be made to feel. Their wives, their children, their houses and churches. So now you know, now you must understand. Leave us to find our own destiny. May God have mercy on us all.
You watched CNN during Desert Storm. You remember all those television shots from the nose cone of the GBU missiles slammin' into those trucks? Remember that picture? How it kept gettin' closer and bigger on the screen... You'd just about see the faces of those drivers and then... Zap! The picture went dead, we didn't get to see what happened next. Well guess what, Alek? You will.