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Seven Samurai (1954)

Japan 207m, B&W
Director: Akira Kurosawa; Cast: Takashi Shimura, Toshirō Mifune, Yoshio Inaba, Seiji Miyaguchi, Minoru Chiaki, Daisuke Katō, Isao Kimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki, Kamatari Fujiwara

Seven Samurai is the story of peasant farmers who hire seven Samurai to protect their village from bandits who are planning to steal their crops. Despite the simplicity of the plot, Kurosawa’s Samurai have become the most influential band of fighters in the action genre and have long served as inspiration for films which have assembled a group of unlikely individuals to accomplish a specific task, and perhaps become heroes in the doing. Of note are the astonishingly realistic and brilliantly choreographed and filmed fight sequences which have rarely been bettered in the history of cinema. Although Seven Samurai is generally acknowledged for its action sequences, it is also an excellent dramatic production with a sense of history and even humor (Klaus Ming October 2010).

One comment on “Seven Samurai (1954)

  1. Klaus

    I re-watched Seven Samurai last night and was even more impressed with it the second time around. In particular, I was more aware of the sense of humor – most notably the fun that Toshirô Mifune had with his wannabe Samurai – Kikuchiyo.

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