Shichinin no samurai   1954   Japan Seven Samurai
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Director:Akira Kurosawa
Studio:Toho Company
Writer:Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto
IMDb Rating:8.8 (162,722 votes)
Awards:Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations
Genre:Action
Duration:207 min
Languages:Japanese
IMDb:0047478
Amazon:0780020685
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Akira Kurosawa  ...  (Director)
Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto  ...  (Writer)
 
Takashi Shimura  ...  Kambei Shimada
Toshirô Mifune  ...  Kikuchiyo
Yoshio Inaba  ...  Gorobei Katayama
Seiji Miyaguchi  ...  Kyuzo
Minoru Chiaki  ...  Heihachi Hayashida
Daisuke Katô  ...  Shichiroji
Isao Kimura  ...  Katsushiro Okamoto
Keiko Tsushima  ...  Shino
Yukiko Shimazaki  ...  Rikichi's Wife
Kamatari Fujiwara  ...  Manzo, father of Shino
Yoshio Kosugi  ...  Mosuke
Bokuzen Hidari  ...  Yohei
Yoshio Tsuchiya  ...  Rikichi
Kokuten Kodo  ...  Gisaku, the Old Man
Jiro Kumagai  ...  Peasant
Takuzo Kumagaya  ...  Peasant (as Jirô Kumagai)
Asakazu Nakai  ...  Cinematographer
Kokuten Kôdô  ...  Gisaku, the Old Man
Eijirô Tôno  ...  Kidnapper
Fumio Hayasaka  ...  Composer
Akira Kurosawa  ...  Editor
Comments: The Mighty Warriors Who Became the Seven National Heroes of a Small Town

Summary: Unanimously hailed as one of the greatest masterpieces in the history of the motion picture, Seven Samurai has inspired countless films modeled after its basic premise. But Akira Kurosawa's classic 1954 action drama has never been surpassed in terms of sheer power of emotion, kinetic energy, and dynamic character development. The story is set in the 1600s, when the residents of a small Japanese village are seeking protection against repeated attacks by a band of marauding thieves. Offering mere handfuls of rice as payment, they hire seven unemployed "ronin" (masterless samurai), including a boastful swordsman (Toshiro Mifune) who is actually a farmer's son desperately seeking glory and acceptance. The samurai get acquainted with but remain distant from the villagers, knowing that their assignment may prove to be fatal. The climactic battle with the raiding thieves remains one of the most breathtaking sequences ever filmed. It's poetry in hyperactive motion and one of Kurosawa's crowning cinematic achievements. This is not a film that can be well served by any synopsis; it must be seen to be appreciated (accept nothing less than its complete 203-minute version) and belongs on the short list of any definitive home-video library. --Jeff Shannon


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