The Last Samurai, Kyoto connection

To~mu, To~mu! Tom Cruise was in Kyoto filming scenes for “The Last Samurai” at Chion-in temple in November last year, and my wife and her friend had fun stalking him. This year they are conniving to get into the showbiz premiere on Friday at Nijo Castle, and they are back on his trail, scouring web bulletin boards, chatting up taxi drivers, roaming all over town. Just for fun.

Just for fun, here’s a frame frab from the Last Samurai trailer, showing the steps at Chion-in. Next to it is real thing. Notice any computer enhancements?

Closer view of steps.

It is the biggest temple gate in Japan, by the way. Chion-in is a really beautiful temple.

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