A comparison between the 47 Ronin and The Last Samurai

This is an introduction to Japanese Culture class. We have read the 47 Ronin and watched the film The Last Samurai. Here is my Professors announcement about the final exam : In fact the 2nd essay may well be on Japan and the West and in such a case the film would be just one thing among many to mention in the essay.
A different possible topic for the 2nd essay could be a comparison between the 47 Ronin and The Last Samurai. So, I want you to write this topic A comparison between the 47 Ronin and The Last Samurai for me. But, could you please add a little more about Japan and the West, just combine these two topics together. Thanks.