A sixteenth century farming village requests protection from the seven samurai against a horde of bandits who have warned they will return when the crops are ripe. A gripping three hour ride that inspired the Hollywood remake, The Magnificent Seven.
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"Tarkovsky told me that he always sees Seven Samurai before shooting his new films. This is to say that I always see his Andrei Rublev before shooting."
Akira Kurosawa from his book a "Dream is a Genius".
The concept has been ripped of more time than I count, but the original is still the best. After all, how do you compete with all these actors, Kurosawa's naturalistic way to film action, the dream like scene with the waterfall, the comedy that brings us closer to their turmoil, the attention to period detail, the whole battle with the rain (that brilliantly foreshadows the coming of the crops and thus the end), etc