Now that would be something. A live action Kenshin movie done John Woo style. Whoa.
In some ways, The Last Samurai built on the shoulders of its predecessors. Because we've all seen Dancing with Wolves, we understand where the main character has come from. Because we've seen Seven Samurai, we can follow along with what's happening to him even as he's confused in his captivity, and well, I can't quite place my finger on what this movie inherits from Gladiator, but it's something.