Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

Akira Kurosawa (1954)

190min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
One of the undisputed masterpieces of world cinema, Akira Kurosawa's epic was inspired by the westerns of John Ford and had the compliment repaid with John Sturges's classic reworking, The Magnificent Seven. Showered with international awards, the film is a mesmerising combination of historical detail, spectacular action and poignant humanism. Over 18 months in production, it has been described as "a tapestry of motion", with the final battle standing out for its audacious use of moving camera, telephoto lenses, variegated film speeds and precision editing. Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune are the pick of an excellent cast, but it's the director's genius that leaves the truly lasting impression.

Summary

A veteran swordsman fallen on hard times agrees to help a peasant village that has come under attack by bandits. He gathers a small band of his fellow warriors to protect the people and train them to fight back against their enemies. Akira Kurosawa's historical adventure, starring Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune. In Japanese.

Cast & Crew

Kambei Takashi Shimura
Kikuchiyo Toshiro Mifune
Gorobei Yoshio Inaba
Kyuzo Seiji Miyaguchi
Heihachi Minoru Chiaki
Shichiroji Daisuke Kato
Katsushiro Isao Kimura
Manzo Kamatari Fujiwara
Rikichi Yoshio Tsuchiya
Yohei Bokuzen Hidari
Mosuke Yoshio Kosugi
Director Akira Kurosawa
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Other Information

Language: Japanese +subtitlesBlack and whiteGuidance: Contains violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama