The Last Samurai
(Additional Music)

Directed by Edward Zwick

  1. The Final Charge Geoff Zanelli 2:59
  2. The Play/Ninja Attack Geoff Zanelli 4:51

Score available from Amazon and iTunes.

One of the most important pieces I wrote for The Last Samurai was the ninja attack. I’ve always had a reputation for writing good action music.  My first attempt at the scene was to score it only with percussion, to make the ninjas feel mechanically deliberate and brutal in their precision. It’s still largely percussive, but I couldn’t stop myself from bringing in a little bit of orchestra from time to time.