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Seven Samurai [1954 film] by Akira Kurosawa
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Samurai defend a village from bandits.

A three-and-a-half hour historical epic, and it doesn't bore me. This should not be possible.

Concept: A
Story: A
Characters: A
Dialog: B
Pacing: B
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: B
Acting: A
Music: A

Enjoyment: B

GPA: 3.5/4 ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Kurosawa, Akiraprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cowie, Petersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hashimoto, Shinobusecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hayasaka, FumioComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Inaba, Yoshiosecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jiao, Xiongpingsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Katō, Daisukesecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mifune, Toshirosecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shimura, Takashisecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com (ISBN 0780020685, DVD)

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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A 16th century Japanese village hires professional warriors to fend off bandits. When the samurai arrive, a spectacular series of battles begins.

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