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Actually, the guy that Tom Cruise supposed to have helped out isn’t the guy in the photo. Tom Cruise is actually modeled after a group of French military mission sent to help Shogun build a modernerized Army and when Yoshinobu surrendered Edo Castle, these French officers went north to support the pro-Shogun force and went all the way to Hokkaido. This would have been more interesting in reality since it would have meant former CSS Stonewall, renamed Kotetsu fighting for the pro-Emperor force…but since Hollywood didn’t want a heroic group of French officers and had to shoot in New Zealand with little snowfall, the entire story was changed to be much later Satsuma Rebellion.

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