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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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CastToshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki, Yoshio Kosugi, Daisuke Kato, Kamatari Fujiwara, Seiji Miyaguchi, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki, Isao Kimura
DirectorAkira Kurosawa
Genre:  Adventure, Classics, Drama
Release Date:  19 November 1956 (USA)
Screen WriterAkira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto
DVD Release Date:  September 5, 2006
Runtime:  207 min
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review by . October 13, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
"What's the use of worrying about your beard when your head's about to be taken?"    Is it just me or does Akira Kurosawa always managed to have some blundering loud mouth fool? Don't get me wrong I love the guy, I've grown quite fond of his character in the limited films I have seen of him - two (Rashomon and now The Seven Samurai). Oh wait, thanks to the lovely invention of the internet I found out he's the same guy, well in that case …
review by . May 31, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
This movie is a classic tale. It works on every level, Characters, Plot, Settings, Storyline, the works. OK you may not understand the culture of Japan, so parts of the samurai culture may not be clearly understood. (see the MAGNIFICANT SEVEN if this is an insurmountable problem.) The movie is long and is not the non stop action sold these days. It is not meant to be. Each step is a struggle, the coming of the bandits, the decision of the villegers, the search for samurai, the interaction between …
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