Seven Samurai
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Seven Samurai (1954)

Seven Samurai
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A veteran samurai, who has fallen on hard times, answers a village's request for protection from bandits. He gathers 6 other samurai to help him, and they teach the townspeople how to defend themselves, and they supply the samurai with three small meals a day. The film culminates in a giant battle when 40 bandits attack the village.

Original Title:七人の侍
Release Date:April 26, 1954
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MPAA Rating:PG
Genres:Action, Drama
Production Company:Toho Company
Production Countries:Japan
Director:Akira Kurosawa, Sakae Hirosawa, Hiromichi Horikawa, Yasuyoshi Tajitsu, Teruyo Nogami
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Plot Keywords:japan, samurai, peasant, looting, rice, fencing, village, moral ambiguity, battle, practice, 16th century
  • Awesome
    February 3, 2001
    In 1954, Kurosawa made foreign film history with Seven Samurai. Everything about this film is just absolutely terrific. The film lasts around 3 1/2 hours, and every minute of it is unbelievable filmmaking. Kurosawa's blend of stellar craft, captivating cinematography, ravishing art direction, and unforgettable characters makes this one of the most intelligent films ever made. The first hour is devoted to devoloping the many four-dimensional characters which inhabit the film throughout. When watching the film, the audiece cares for, trusts, mourns and ultimately believes every single attribute the characters have. Samurai set up the way that many action films are made today; films like Predator and Alien still work within it's boundaries. The battle scenes are terrific and the fast-paced editing is ground-breaking. If people have a problem with subtitles and long movies, then see this and your opinions will change. The sheer filmmaking of Kurosawa will not disappoint. Also see Yojimbo and High & Low.