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Seven Samurai
Year:
1954
Country:
Japan
Genre:
Drama, Action, Adventure
IMDB rating:
8.7
Director:
Akira Kurosawa
Takashi Shimura as Kambei Shimada
Toshirô Mifune as Kikuchiyo
Yoshio Inaba as Gorobei Katayama
Minoru Chiaki as Heihachi Hayashida
Daisuke Katô as Shichiroji
Isao Kimura as Katsushiro Okamoto
Yukiko Shimazaki as Rikichi's Wife
Kamatari Fujiwara as Manzo, father of Shino
Yoshio Kosugi as Mosuke
Yoshio Tsuchiya as Rikichi
Kokuten Kodo as Gisaku, the Old Man
Storyline: A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
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Reviews
Why Attack a Defended Village?
I really like this movie and have seen it several times, but each time I have to question why the bandits would attack a defended village. They had pillaged it before an unknown number of times and each time would have just ridden in and taken what they wanted. This time was radically different. Gone were the straightforward accesses and in place were flooded areas, stout fences, and Samauri. I would have to say the bandit leader was lacking in marbles. Why not just ride on to the next village and plunder that one? Why engage a formidable enemy and risk losing any men at all? At any rate had I been a rider I would have ridden the other way once the fighting began and not stick with an idiot who called himself the leader.
2009-12-05
The GREATEST Samurai Film Ever Made!!!
Seven Samurai (1954), is by far the Greatest Film ever made in Japan! Akira Kurosawa's Epic Masterpiece is truly a work of art. The film stars Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura. Its' running time is 3 1/2 hours long. It contains such great artistic visuals that keeps your attention til the very end.

Kurosawa has a great eye for composition, as well as motion/movement within his scenes. The battle scenes that take place in the film are spectacular and they never loose their rhythm. What's even more striking about the film is that the feelings of the characters are often expressed in the background (this could be a type of weather) or expressed through the crowds' reaction to the characters or main character of the story. All aspects of this movie are excellent. It is a perfect study for filmmakers who want to learn the craft and composition of art, cinematography, staging of actors, and much more.

The works of Akira Kurosawa continue to inspire many filmmakers that are making movies. Out all the films that I have seen, this one is an excellent study. Most certainly in the Top 10 Favorites List!
2017-03-28
The Masterpiece
Seven Samurai is Akira Kurasowa at his best. The guy really knows how to put a scene together, and makes every scene to look at interesting. There's always something happening in the frame.

Watching the movie, you'll find yourself getting more immersed as you go an, you feel the same nervousness that plagues the Seven Samurai. These tense feelings can lead into some explosive battles, that will cause you to get on the edge of your seat. The performances really help me look into each individual character and their role in the squad. It was really cool and is kind of like watching a superhero movie.

Overall, this movie is a masterpiece of visual setpieces and story telling of a long epic story.
2016-08-25
Most overrated movie of all time
This movie is routinely rated as one of the top 10 movies of all time. Now that is a tall order so I decided to rent it, and I don't remember the last time I was more disappointed with a movie.

The movie is around 3hours long. The storyline is highly predictable and the characters are cliche. The action sequence are the lamest of any movie you will ever see. I think I have seen 10 year olds fight more fiercely than the characters of the film.

The photography is choppy and the storytelling is very deliberate. Considering the plot is extremely simple, it is agonizing to watch the plot unfold into its most obvious conclusion.

The conclusion of the movie, you guessed it, is that the 7 Samuraris saves the day by defeating bunch of bandits. As far as characters, there is the tough guy, intellectual guy, leader guy, rich guy, drunk guy, skilled fighter guy, and the coward guy. They are the Samurai equivalent of the Seven Dwarfs or N'Sync.

Magnificent Seven, which is the western copy of this movie, is way better, and that film is no where near a top 10 movie.

2004-01-21
A Potpourri of Vestiges Review: A quintessential Kurosawa classic
Shichinin no samurai is a quintessential Kurosawa movie, and probably his greatest lagniappe to the world of cinema. Shichinin no samurai is a classic example of a profound character study well complemented by some ingenious direction and breathtaking cinematography. The world of cinema owes a colossal debt to the master movie-maker and plethora of his sui generis works such as this one. The movie depicts penury with sheer brilliance and uncanny resplendence.

The inexorable resolve exhibited by the destitute villagers to fight the rapacious bandits can be inspiring even to the most pessimistic. The fidelity shown by the samurai to the villagers, each hired for a bowl of rice, accentuates the very essence of humanity. The movie's slow pace and its poignant background score enriches it with a sense of melancholy, thereby making it truly mesmerizing to watch. The entire cast has performed really well, taking care of the nuances with utmost precision and incredible conviction. Kurosawa's plaintive storytelling, coupled with his subtle brilliance, makes the movie a truly ineffable experience for the viewer.

PS. Though not meant for everyone, the movie is sine qua non for cineastes and avid lovers of pristine cinema. It's also a great means to get acquainted with Kurosawa's oeuvre before exploring his more personal works like Rashomon, Ikiru, Ran, etc.

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2009-04-19
It doesn't have a 9.0 average for nothing folks.
Everyone in film has heard of Seven Samuri. If you've never heard of it, you are pretty new to film. You can't go to any movie site on the net that doesn't mention it. But, not everyone has seen it.

This movie continues to amaze me to this day. If you haven't seen this movie, pick it up.

First off, if you don't like foreign films, I can understand that. I don't either. It's not that I'm racist to other countries, it's just that foreign films are usually artistic. And I hate artistic movies. But Seven Samuri is not artsy. Once you get past the subtitles, the film is great. I don't like subtitles. They're distracting. Now dubbing is bad too. It takes away from the actors performances (not to mention it's funny as hell in a Godzilla sort of way). But I perfer dubbing mainly because it doesn't require you to take your eyes away from the action. So, if you can get this movie in dubb, please do.

Everything about this movie is ahead of its time. My favorite character is Kitshirio (or however his name is spelled). He's much like the comic relief we see in movies every day, only this guy is good and important to the story.

I really don't want to talk about this movie anymore. It's so good, please see it. If you don't see it, you have no right to call yourself a film fan. This is THE most important movie of all time, because every movie that Hollywood has ever made has copied or taken something from this film. See it. Please.

9/10

(It would deserve a 10, but it is a wee bit overrated.)
2000-12-23
Complex Beauty
Donald Richie thought it was Kurosawa's finest, and suggested that it might the best Japanese film ever made.

It is a film that rewards casual viewing and careful viewing and repeated viewing and viewing over time. Isn't that rather like a wonderful book, that rewards you every time you pick it up? I suppose that is the definition of greatness.

How was this greatness achieved? (This is not a rhetorical question. It truly astonishes me how this film creates meaning...cutting across all boundaries of nationality, language, and culture to become a meaningful personal experience for those who view it). This creation of greatness may be a mystery, but we can point to the some features of the film's excellence:

The artistic achievement: The music, the cinematography, the extensive set design, the editing and the acting in the service of a moving story all conspire to create a world that becomes ours on a deeply personal level. It is a film which influences later films and filmmakers.

The narrative achievement: Based on an original concept of Kurosawa's which began as a "day in the life" documentary of a samurai's existence, Kurosawa developed the idea into this breathtaking film of samurai who save a village. This simple but complexly nuanced human story involves us in different social classes in an historical framework. We come to know individual peasants and samurai, and feel that we know significant things about them, their motivations, hopes and fears.

The achievements of the actors: These are characters you will love, people you need to have in your life: the characters of Kyuzo, Heihachi and the unforgettable Bokuzen Hidari as a bewildered peasant..! Takeshi Shimura, as the leader of the samurai, Gambei, is the embodiment of wisdom, and calm in the storm. And, saying that Toshiro Mifune has star power is like saying the noonday sun sheds a little warmth.

Toshiro: It's the cut of his jawline when he asks the village patriarch, "Got a problem, grandad?", and the most charming look of confusion and embarrassment playing over his face when he is told by Heihachi that he is the triangle on the samurai flag. It's his energy, speed and agility and power and intelligence. Mifune sniffing out the fuse of a gun in the woods, bouncing through the brush half-naked in an abbreviated set of armor, or carrying his ridiculously oversize sword on one shoulder, Mifune crying over a baby, and the incomparable scene of his embarrassment that turns to rage when Mifune accuses the samurai of creating the farmer's condition.

Toshiro Mifune represents with extraordinary physicality the spirit of a man desperate to prove his worth: Mifune's got the animal sexuality, the physical response to emotional situations, the expressive face, the humorous and varied vocalisms to make us feel deeply what his character experiences: his struggles, his growth.(His drunken burblings as the last "samurai" to audition are nothing short of hilarious, and his "fish singing" is eerie and funny, too...also the grunted "eh?" that he often uses to show confusion, and the "heh" of disgust..such wonderful sounds, and so expressive!) Mifune's acting is wild and alive, even more than 50 years after the film's original release.

Takashi Shimura: You will trust him with your life. His great, open heart, his mature calm, his honesty and compassion make him one of the greatest of all samurai on film.

Fumio Hayasaka's music: Kuroasawa was lucky to have such a brilliant composer as collaborator. Themes introduce characters, and the samurai theme is surprising and memorable. If you have viewed the film, chances are, the samurai theme is playing in your mind with just a mention of the music. Hayasaka's music is muscular and nuanced: creating humor, or a counterpoint to the action, or deepening our sympathy for and understanding of the characters.

Muraki's scenography: There is no doubt that the places shown in the film are real. The achievement of Kurosawa's longtime collaborator provide a real world for the action.

The filmography is ground-breaking: the multiple cameras, slow-motion and attention to light and composition make each frame worthy of an 8X10 glossy. How can individual moments of such beauty be sustained throughout the movement of the film? It is an astonishing feat. And, best of all, no image degenerates into interior design or vacuous prettiness...everything forwards the movement of the cinematic experience. When the film ends, we feel as if we have lived it!

It is with great respect and humility that I offer my thanks to the memory of Mr. Kurosawa. His great work leads us to treasure humanity and its struggles, to develop our own abilities to feel compassion, encourages us to try to make good choices, to be socially and morally responsible, to embrace life.
2006-01-17
A fantastic movie, that has not aged that well in all regards
I love the acting in this movie. Mostly it's really good. Even minor characters feel very much like a part of the universe they're in, almost as if Kurosawa just found a village and started shooting. At the same time, and this might be due to difference in cultures, all of the characters feel super real, because everyone is shouting all the time, they're always running, and they usually react as a group, moving together like it was all choreographed.

It's also quite extraordinary how thorough this movie is leading you through the events in what is essentially a battlefield. It goes as far as having the characters literally ticking check boxes for each death. It shows you the plans before the action starts, and then have the characters actions show you how the plans are progressing. It's an impressive feat, considering it all feels natural. But still, had it been made today, I am sure the filmmaker would not have dared to risk boring the audience with the same attention being given to details. And while it is interesting to many to have the battle shown this way, I am sure a modern audience would prefer to just have it all happen, perhaps opting for montages instead. It's hard to say one is the better option over the other, but the way Kurosawa did it is not bad. It might just not be what modern audiences would prefer.

Another odd bit, that have not aged that well, is that pretty much every comedic moment (in which the characters are laughing), it's almost always at the expense of someone. They're laughing at people in a way that today would probably not be that accepted.
2016-10-08
Story-Telling At Its Finest
Story-telling at its finest, "Seven Samurai" is a terrific film not because of a handful of memorable scenes or lines, but rather because scene-by-scene, frame-by-frame, it tells an interesting story as well as it is possible to tell it. The story and characters are developed carefully, and everything about the movie, from the settings and props to the musical score, is done carefully and expertly.

Mifune grabs the attention in most of his scenes, and Shimura's more restrained character is a nice balance. Those two have the best parts, but all seven of the samurai are memorable characters. The sequence of events that collects the seven together occupies the first part of the movie, and forms a perfect foundation for the rest. A few of the villagers are also portrayed nicely, although they are naturally overshadowed when the samurai are around.

The story always moves along nicely, with many ups and downs. It has enough unpredictability to keep you interested the whole time, without ever losing its credibility. There is plenty of action, but there is also substance behind the action to give it more significance. The only possible drawback is the long running time (you can always split it up into two installments, but it's more satisfying if you can watch the whole story through at once), but there is little that you could cut out, even if you wanted to. It holds your attention the entire time with a good story and great technique, not by resorting to sensational or sordid details.

This movie well deserves its reputation for excellence, and is one that everyone who appreciates classic cinema will want to see and enjoy.
2001-11-28
Amazing power to entertain
All I have to say is that I first saw this movie in an auditorium with about 150+ other first-year film students. It was required viewing for a class. I, as well as many other students I talked to then, were none too anxious to watch a 3 1/2 hour, foreign, nearly 50-year-old movie. I had only vaguely heard of Akira Kurosawa before.

After the showing, I walked outside and it was like I was stuck in a daze. I didn't know what to do, I couldn't believe what I had just seen. This movie would eventually lead me to change the way I saw movies, and what constituted a great one. Now, about two years later I have seen nearly every single Kurosawa film (everyone I talked to that first saw this with me, have ALL done so, it will happen to you if you watch and enjoy this film). I have also seen this movie about ten more times, each time introducing it to someone who has never seen a Kurosawa film before. Everyone I showed it to, regardless of their movie taste, has at the least been entertained by it.

What amazes me though is how the 10th viewing of this film was just as powerful and exciting as my very first. I know no other movie I can say that of.
2002-10-23
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